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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