Security officers have smashed the window of a locked car to rescue a toddler on a sweltering Perth day.
9 News reports the three-year-old boy was pulled from the car at a Booragoon shopping centre car park on Tuesday afternoon, as temperatures in Perth exceeded 38 degrees.
Police say security officers broke the window after they were unable to find the car’s owner and comforted the child until St John Ambulance officers arrived.
The boy was examined and cleared by St John staff, while a 35-year-old man will be summonsed to appear in court on the probable charge of leaving a child unsupervised in a vehicle, police say.
The Victorian Government recently launched an advertising campaign focussing on the harmful effects of heat on children.
No Exceptions, No Excuses highlights the risks of leaving children in cars even for a few minutes.
The campaign’s safety messages remind families and care givers that:
•A child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s because of their underdeveloped immune system.
•On a typical Australian summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can be 20 to 30 degrees hotter than the temperature outside.
•Leaving the car windows down slightly has little effect on the inside temperature.
The figures are not acceptable with over 5,000 kids left unattended in cars every year across Australia.
In a campaign with Matt Moran, Kidsafe highlighted how easy it is to cook your lamb dinner in a hot car. Imagine how the kids feel!
Parents or carers who leave their children unattended in a car can face fines up to $3700 and six months’ jail.
What does it take? Why do people continue to risk their child’s life?
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