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Authorities issue warning to parents ahead of a predicted scorcher this weekend.


 

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We recently shared the video from Matt Moran’s new campaign with Kidsafe highlighting exactly how hot it gets in the car. He “cooked” a piece of lamb in his car within an hour and then said it was overdone!

Matt said he is “gobsmacked” at the number of children left in cars. “I couldn’t believe it, I think Australia needs to know it is not safe, at any point in time, to leave a kid in a car. It is like an oven.”

Authorities are issuing a warning to parents ahead of a predicted scorcher this weekend.

Emergency crews rescued 1,433 children from cars in the 12 months to the end of August, a 23 per cent increase  on the previous year.

Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos said there were no excuses for leaving children inside hot cars.

“Tragically, eight incidents have involved children being taken to hospital,” she said.

“370 babies have been rescued, a 50 per cent increase on the year before, and we have had children who have died from being left in a vehicle.”

Ambulance Victoria said its tests found that even on a 29-degree-Celsius day, the inside of a car could reach 44C within 10 minutes, and 60C within 20 minutes.

Ms Mikakos urged parents to take children with them when Christmas shopping.

“They might think they might be going in to the shops for a couple of minutes [but] they don’t know what’s going to happen, whether they’re going to be detained whilst they’re there,” she said.

“You are putting your child’s life at risk if you leave your child unattended, even for five minutes in a car.”

Temperatures are expected to hit 40+ in some states across Australia.

Don’t risk it. Get the kids out of the car and take them with you!

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  • there has been so much campaigning about this why is it still happening? so unnecessary and so sad.

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  • kids, dogs, anyone should not be in a car

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  • I can’t wrap my head around the fact that people leave their child in the car ? Why oh why ??

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  • I don’t understand why people are still doing this. Thanks for sharing

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  • plain and simple never leave a child in the car. maybe more signage

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  • Why is this still happening? With all the awareness campaigns and education out there it stuns me that this is still a problem. Nothing is more important than the safety of a child.

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  • Lke kw

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  • Never ever leave kids in the car in cold or hot weather or at any time!

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  • Thank you for this . I thought we were going to have a hailstorm in Sydney last night but it never happened. All of us dislike the heat and always get thirsty and dehydrate more in summer time. I try to drink lots of water which I was informed is very important plus it is good for the body , skin and health in general . Kids especially need water so having a water bottle is very handy when they were young .

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  • I’m sitting in the car now it’s about 35 degrees and waiting for school bell. It’s torture and having a 8mnth old in forced to keep car running with aircon as I can’t take 3 kids out and four back in zig zagging through traffic. I really hope parents and caregivers listen to the warnings.

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  • I just cannot believe people can be so reckless & knowingly leave their kids in the car. It is going to be extremely hot this weekend & I hope we do not hear any tragic stories. Keep your kids safe.

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  • Let’s hope that this summer there will be a very big decline in accidents!

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  • I could never leave my child in the car. As a passenger I cant even stand to sit in a closed up car even for a minute!

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  • So very true! Never take a short cut with kids safety.

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