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The dangers of leaving kids in hot cars

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Officials in Georgia are reminding drivers just how hot a car can get.

It is part of a demonstration to encourage parents not to leave their children in a car, especially with summer approaching.

Even on a spring day--the temperature inside a test car soared to more than 100 degrees.

"These vehicles have probably been parked here a few hours and while it feels comfortable outside you can see the inside temperature currently is at 142 degrees," said Bobby Cagle with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. "As you've heard a child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than that of an adult putting them at much higher risk for heat stroke and death.

"Avoid heat stroke. Create reminders and take action if you see a child unattended in a vehicle."

In Georgia, 20 children have died from heat exposure since 1998.

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