But the heat's not gone!
Remember, the temperature inside a parked car can rise and reach dangerous levels in a very short time. Inside a parked car can be up to 30 degrees hotter than the outside temperature, even if you leave the windows rolled down slightly, and even on a mild or overcast day.
Can we ever leave a child alone in the car? Well, each Australia state has its own laws  which differ slightly; however, the safe bet is say “Never!” The Victorian government has a Never Leave Kids in Cars campaign highlighting the dangers including heat stroke and dehydration. If it’s 300C, your car can hit 600C much more quickly than you think.
A child can heat up much more quickly than an adult and leaving the window down doesn’t have a big effect on reducing the temperature. The “risk point” can be reached in less than ten minutes.
We know parenting is a 24 hour job and fatigue can take its toll. Whether you’re a parent, a carer or a childcare educator, be aware of “fatal distraction” and take steps to reduce the risk.
And if you’re still not persuaded about how hot your car can get, check out this video! This should convince you!
Never leave kids alone in car – not even if they are asleep!
Do you know the ideal room temperature for a sleeping infant? How much bedding is too much?
You can learn about these and other safe sleeping topics at our education sessions. Click here for more