Kids in hot cars

Always take your children with you when leaving your car, even if just for a minute.  

If you see children locked in cars, please call the police on 000 for immediate help. 


The temperature inside a parked car can be 20 to 30 degrees hotter than the outside temperature. On a 25 degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can be between 45 to 55 degrees. The temperature inside your car can easily reach over 60 degrees during Australian summer. 

The majority of the temperature rise happens within 5 minutes of parking your car. Large cars heat up just as quickly as smaller ones and leaving the windows down has little effect on the temperature rise. 

Young children are  more sensitive to heat than older children or adults. A child’s body temperature can rise 3 to 5 times faster than an adults, making them more at risk of heatstroke and other health risks. 

Council is working with Kidsafe Victoria to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars.