Every year the reports roll in; another child has died after being left unattended in a car. While death from heat is the common cause, there simply is no safe time to leave any child unattended in a car. The statistics are tragic. Many parents believe that leaving their child for a short time will ‘be OK’.
DID YOU KNOW? On a typical Australian summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can be as much as 30-40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature, i.e. on a 30-degree day the temperature inside the car could be as high as 70 degrees.
We appreciate that all families are time poor, and that parking can be limited at and around our Service during peak hours of the day; many families are picking up/dropping off at the same time of day, which can lead to congestion. By following a few simple guide lines we can all ensure we help each other to achieve a safe environment at all times! The staff at our Service are instructed to locate any parent or caregiver who has left a child in the car during pick up or drop off.
We also have a few requirements to ensure safety in our car park at all times:
- Cars are not permitted to park across the entry gate, this must remain clear at all times for stroller, wheelchair access and evacuation points in the event of an emergency.
- You must hold your child’s hand when they are in the street, please be aware a young child is not easy to see from a car.
- If ever you need help getting your children to or from the car, please ask a staff member for assistance. Never leave your child alone in the car.
- Before you start the car, first make sure children (and all passengers) are wearing seat belts or size appropriate child restraints.