NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN IN CARS WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION.
Do you know that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can be as much as 50% hotter than the outside temperature? Lowering the vehicle windows 5cm does not bring about a dramatic loss of heat.
75% of the increased temperature happens within 5 minutes of closing the vehicle and leaving it. The larger the expanse of glass in the vehicle, the faster the rise in temperature. The colour and size of the vehicle can have a bearing on the rate at which the temperature rises.
- Always carry plenty of drinking water, we suggest that each child has their own drink bottle
- Dress children in lightweight, light coloured, and loose-fitting clothing – thus enabling air flow around their bodies.
- Check safety belts and harness fitting, this may need adjusting due to wearing lightweight clothing.
- Consider fitting removable sunshades to filter the sun rays, these do not hamper airflow and allow children to travel more comfortably.
- Every 2 or 3 hours, stop and allow children time for play and exercise. If travelling with a baby, allow them time on a blanket to move freely.
- Always plan car trips in advance and consider travelling in the early morning or late afternoon when it is cooler.
As the temperature rises a child will begin to suffer hyperthermia and to dehydrate. As the temperature rises so does the humidity and the airflow decreases. Young children are more sensitive to heat stress – the younger the child the faster the onset of dehydration. HYPERTHERMIA, DEHYDRATION AND ASPHYXIA CAN ALL LEAD TO DEATH.
NOTE: Animals can also suffer heat stress when confined inside a vehicle.
Safety First. Before leaving your parked car, remove all clothing, hats and paper products from the rear parcel shelf and the dashboard. Store away from direct sunlight. Remove from the car cigarette lighters and any aerosol or LPG canisters. (These have been known to explode and other articles burst into flames.)