Do not leave children in cars
Leaving children unattended in a car, even for a short period of time, can be fatal.
Between September 2012 and August 2013, Ambulance Victoria paramedics rescued 1,100 children who had been left unattended in a car. Figures from Ambulance Victoria reveal that:
- More than 78% of children rescued were under four years of age.
- 21% of incidents occured at a home.
- More than two thirds occured in car parks, streets or public places, and
- November - March was the period with the most incidents, with an average of five per day.
(Ambulance Victoria, November 2013)
Children are particularly at risk because they can lose fluid quickly, become dehydrated and suffer from heatstroke which can be life threatening.
Safe gates save lives
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age, with the majority of incidents occurring in backyard pools.
Evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths in pools are a result of fencing that is faulty or non compliant with Australian Standards.
Check the safety of your pool fences and surrounding areas before your child does. To find out more and complete the online Home Pool Safety Self Assessment visit