Summer is now in full swing, so you can expect many Australians to head out to the beach and soak up some sun.
The soaring temperatures of summer can be dangerous, especially for children and pets left inside the car, with parents "strongly advised" to be aware of the risks this may pose.
"Children can die or suffer serious brain damage if they’re left in a hot car for even a short amount of time," said Peter O’Meara, La Trobe Rural Health School's professor of rural and regional paramedicine.
"Young children are most at risk, as they quickly dehydrate. They can lapse into unconsciousness, and may never fully recover."
There are several things you can do to help ensure your children's safety, with the first avoiding leaving your children in the car, as it can heat up quickly especially on sunny days.
Having a boot release mechanism may also be wise, so that children can't get stuck in the boot.
Also keep an eye out for cars with children left unattended inside, if you spot a child alone in a vehicle, call 000 and get the child out as soon as possible.