Vulnerable people to be kept out of hot cars: MP

As we head into yet another period of extreme heat I would like to remind people that it is potentially fatal to leave babies, children, the elderly or pets in a car on hot days.

It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in a car to rise to dangerous levels even if the air conditioner is on or the windows down. 

There have been recent reports from Ambulance Victoria of the alarming number of babies and children and pets having to be rescued from cars on hot days over the past few weeks.

As a parent I know how hectic some days can be, especially with little children. However, even if you think “I’ll just duck into the supermarket to grab some milk” while your child is asleep in the back seat, it could be a fatal decision.

It is never acceptable to leave children, the elderly or pets alone in a car, but it is even more dangerous on hot days. 

I urge everyone to be vigilant over the coming days and weeks of summer and be conscious that leaving children, the elderly or pets in cars can be a fatal decision.


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