ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The dog days of summer are here, as well as the high temperatures. While parents may find it fun to hop in the car and take the little ones out for a drive, it’s important to keep those kids safe from the heat.

On a hot day, it can take as little as 10 minutes for the temperature inside of your car to increase 20 degrees.

In addition, Carilion Safe Kids says that not only can a child get three to five times hotter than an adult, abut it can take them longer to cool off.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 900 children have died from pediatric vehicular heatstroke since 1998, but all of these deaths are often preventable.

For example, you can place a stuffed animal in the front seat or place a valuable item — like your cell phone, wallet, or purse — in the backseat. Doing this can help you remember to check the back seat of your car.

If you do happen to see a child in a car by themselves, Carilion Safe Kids suggests jumping into action.

“The first thing you want to do is call 911, and if you see that that child is in distress, you are going to do whatever you can to get that child out,” said Jill Lucas Drakeford with Carilion Safe Kids.

Virginia reportedly passed a law giving civil immunity to anyone who forcibly enters a car to remove a child at risk of serious bodily harm or death.

For more information about statistics, medical and legal implications, and prevention measures for hot car deaths, follow this link.

You can even learn about hot car risks by scheduling a free safety check with Carilion Safe Kids, who will make sure your kids’ car seats are correctly installed at fire departments in Roanoke and Christiansburg.