Young children produce more body heat, sweat less and their temperature rises at a faster rate. This puts them at a greater risk of heat related illness.
- Cars can get hot very quickly, even when they are parked in the shade
- Temperatures inside a car can reach over 70ºC, even on a cool day
- Most of the temperature rise happens within the first 5 minutes after closing the car
- Leaving the windows down only provides a small drop in temperature. As a result, children left in cars are at a very high risk of heat stroke.
If you need to leave your car for any reason, always take your child with you.