PARENTS and carers across the state have been warned about leaving their children in cars.
It comes as statistics revealed the top 10 postcodes for ambulance callouts with a total of 1696 cases across the state.
A new campaign featuring former AFL player Matthew Richardson is aimed at making people aware of the potential dangers. People will see advertisements on television, radio and on social media.
While the Campaspe region was at the lower end of the scale and not in the top 10, there was still one case in Elmore and a further four in Echuca; with another one recorded on Friday.
Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos said there were no exceptions.
‘‘Our most precious valuables, our children, should never be left in the car.’’
Acting Inspector Craig Gaffee advised to keep an eye on things and take time to make sure everyone is safe.
‘‘Five in Echuca alone is too many — in fact one is too many,’’ he said.
‘‘Under no circumstances should anyone let alone a child be left in a car at any time but especially on hot days.’’
In Victoria, it is against the law to leave children unattended in cars, with offenders facing fines of $3900 or jail for six months, or both.