Kids In Hot Cars
Did you know that the temperature inside a parked car can be 20 – 30 degrees hotter than the outside temperature? That means on a mild 25 degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can be between 45-55 degrees! On a typical Australian summer day, the temperature inside your car could easily reach over 60 degrees.
The majority of the temperature rise occurs within 5 minutes of parking and leaving 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 particularly at risk because they 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, placing them at greater risk of heatstroke and other health risks.
If you have to leave your car, even just for a minute, always take your children with you.
Frankston City Council is working with Kidsafe Victoria to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars.
If you see children locked in cars, please contact the Police on 000.