Sydney (dpa) – A toddler taken to hospital was one of six children rescued from cars in searing heat in Australia on a single day this week, a local media report said Wednesday.
Emergency services personnel smashed a window to free the toddler who was locked alone inside her mother’s car in Melbourne, Victoria, Tuesday, The Age newspaper reported.
The temperature outside was around 27 degrees at the time.
“The girl was sweating profusely and her clothes were drenched, so there was certainly potential for it to quickly become life threatening,” paramedic Ben Dalton was quoted as saying.
Authorities in the country where temperatures can soar into the 40s regularly warn parents not to leave children unattended in cars.
Victoria alone has seen at least 200 cases of children locked in cars so far this year, authorities have said.
Nationwide, some 1,000 instances where emergency services were called to free children from cars were reported last year. Most of the children were under four and 30 had to be treated in hospital.