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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah Police Department is reminding everyone to not leave children alone in hot vehicles.
Last year between June 1 and Sept. 1, Savannah police officers responded to 36 incidents where children were either left in a vehicle unattended or accidentally locked in a vehicle.
Nationally, an average of 37 children die a year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. In 2017, 42 children died in from incidents. At least nine have died this year.
The temperature inside a vehicle can rise nearly 20 degrees after just 10 minutes of being parked.
The Savannah Police Department urges parents to always check the backseat of their vehicle or consider leaving an important item like your wallet or purse in the back seat so you have to get it and see your child.
Leaving children or pets unattended in a vehicle can lead to fines or arrest. The department asks the public to report any sightings.