Every day, at petrol stations all over Australia, parents leave their kids in the car when they go inside to pay. So earlier this week, when an expert declared they shouldn’t, it sparked an outcry.
“There is NO SAFE WAY of leaving children in a car while paying for petrol,” Dr Claire Wilkin, medical adviser for paediatric first aid training facility Kidzaid Australia, told news.com.au. “No exceptions. No excuses. Just don’t do it. It isn’t worth the risk.”
Dr Wilkin explained that it wasn’t just about cars heating up. “Children can become distressed in a matter of minutes, or even less in the case of babies,” she said.
She pointed out the risk of kids releasing the handbrake, and also raised the possibility of a fire or an explosion.
"Having a child harnessed into a child seat or baby capsule makes it very difficult to rescue them," she added.
The NRMA weighed into the issue, talking about the "powerful case" for not leaving children in the car when paying for petrol.
At the same time, they revealed the results of a member survey, saying nearly one-third of people thought it was an acceptable thing to do.
So are there any child safety experts who think it's okay to leave kids in the car?
Jason Chambers, the acting CEO of Kidsafe Victoria, says they feel it's a decision to be made on a case-by-case basis.
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