These Are The Worst Melbourne Suburbs For Leaving Kids In Cars

It's just too risky

These Are The Worst Melbourne Suburbs For Leaving Kids In Cars Pexels

The Labor government has revealed the worst Melbourne suburbs for leaving kids in hot cars in a bid to encourage parents to be mindful in hot weather.

In the year to August, Ambulance Victoria responded to 1696 callouts across Victoria for children left in cars – the majority of which were toddlers and babies.

Parents are reminded how easy it is to underestimate the time it takes to run a quick errand.

On average four kids a day are put at risk of serious injury or death by being left unattended in vehicles. A car’s temperature can double in minutes, meaning the head inside a parked car can be 20-30 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.

Children’s bodies are more susceptible to heat and can rise in temperature a lot faster – meaning they are at greater risk of heatstroke, dehydration and organ damage when left in the car.

The top 10 postcodes for callouts are:

Werribee (43)

Narre Warren (42)

Tarneit (41)

Pakenham (38)

Frankston South (34)

Roxburgh Park (33)

Cranbourne (31)

Ballarat (28)

Melton (26)

Preston (23)

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