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Look Before You Lock

Leaving children unattended in a vehicle can have devastating consequences.

In as little as five minutes, the temperature in a vehicle can reach dangerous levels and the impact of heat on a child's body is almost immediate—and can be fatal.

To prevent this, anyone transporting children (including parents and carers) should always check their vehicle.  Here are suggested steps to take before, during, and after any journey:

  • Place an item you will need at your destination in the back seat of the car, such as your bag or wallet.
  • Attach a mirror for rear facing car seats so you can easily see your child.
  • Create a mental checklist to run through every time you leave the car, such as 'baby, keys, bag'.
  • Get in the habit of checking your backseat every time you get out of the car. Check even if you know your child is not with you. This will help make looking before you lock part of your normal routine.

By creating a ‘Look Before You Lock’ routine and including simple steps into your daily habits, you can help lower the risk of unintentionally leaving a child in a vehicle.

Early childhood and related transport services

From 1 October 2020, changes to the Education and Care Services National Regulations will also require all services that transport children to have a specific written transport policy procedure in place. Find out how you can prepare for this requirement.

Help keep our children safe. Look Before You Lock – Every time. Without fail.

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