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:
(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.
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