Children at danger as summer approaches
Most people could never imagine locking a child in a car.
But the frightening reality is, that it happens at least once every day in NSW.
A warning has been issued by NSW Ambulance following a rise in children locked in cars, including four incidents last Saturday alone.
According to the statement, paramedics have been called to 81 children trapped in vehicles across the state since September 1 - on average, about one per day.
More alarming, are the inside vehicle temperatures coming into summer, which are reaching up to 50 degrees.
NSW Ambulance chief inspector Brian Parsell says he recorded the temperature inside a car for some internal research last summer, where he says it reached 78 degrees in just minutes.
“Babies and small children are unable to regulate their body temperature as efficiently as adults. They absorb more heat from the environment than they can dissipate,” he says.
“This situation can quickly cause damage to body cells leading to unconsciousness, shock, organ failure and death. Even in milder temperatures, children and babies can get sick very quickly.”
Vehicle manufacturers are designing in-vehicle systems to remind the driver if someone has been left in the back seat, after ANCAP announced child presence detection systems will form part of it’s safety rating process.
Hyundai is the first car maker to introduce the technology, named Rear Occupant Alert which uses a sensor to monitor the rear seat, warning the driver if someone is still in the back seat upon leaving the car. â€¨
Chief inspector Parsell says “no matter how quick a person thinks they are going to be, they should never intentionally leave a child - or pets - unattended in a car”.
If you find a child locked in a car, NSW Ambulance says dial Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for Ambulance, and stay on the line until paramedics arrive.