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With 13 deaths this year, officials warn do not leave children in cars

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Officials said even if you roll the windows down and park in the shade it still gets too hot. (Source: WECT) Officials said even if you roll the windows down and park in the shade it still gets too hot. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Already this year, 13 children have died after being left inside a hot cars and officials are warning drivers of the dangers.

Officials said it only takes minutes for the inside of a car to get dangerously hot, even if the car is parked in the shade, and even if the windows are left down.

For children, it can get dangerous and deadly fast.

"Your child's body temperature raises three to five times faster than ours," explained Julia Histed, the Injury and Prevention Health Educator for New Hanover County. "When they are trapped inside the car and that heat is just circulating and baking the car, even with the windows down that temperature rises quickly."

Sgt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover Sheriff's Office reiterated Histed's warning.

"They get affected quickly, and it takes them longer to recover," Brewer said. "You can not assume that running into the store for 10 minutes is going to be ok, it's not."

Brewer said if you see a child inside of a car, do not hesitate and call 911.

"Anytime you see a child in a car that is not running, they are alone in there, the cars not running and it's hot, automatically call 911."

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