The Kentucky State Police (KSP) want to remind everyone that hot cars are no place for children.

A KSP press release states that, although this may seem like common sense, law enforcement is dispatched on calls about children being left unattended in cars every year.

According to the safety organization Kids and Cars, "44 children died in 2017 of hyperthermia as a result of being left in a hot car. These include instances where a child has been forgotten in a car, accidentally locks themselves in a car or trunk or, in a small number of cases, when a child has been intentionally left in a car."

According to Lawson, the number of children dying from being left in hot cars "is reaching epidemic proportions."

Parents are often misinformed about vehicle heat stroke and would like to believe that they could never "forget" their child in a vehicle, according to KSP Spokesman Sergeant Josh Lawson.

Lawson said, "The most dangerous mistake a parent can make is to think leaving a child alone in their car could never happen to them. In these fast-paced times, it is easy for parents to get distracted and forget their child is in the car with them."

According to Lawson, a child's body heats up three to five times faster that an adult's body, and the temperature in a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes, making it possible for an infant to die of hyperthermia in as little as 15 minutes, when it is 75 degrees outside.

Lawson said that often when a child is left outside unattended, because of curiosity, the children will often end up in a car and not be able to get out.

He said, "A child will climb into a vehicle to play and is overcome with heat, becoming disoriented and unable to get out and in extreme summer heat, a child can become incapacitated in a very short time."

According to Lawson, approximately 33 percent of the children who die in hot cars were children who were left unattended and entered the car on their own.

According to KSP, the state of Kentucky passed "Bryan's Law" in the year 2000, which makes a person "liable for second-degree manslaughter or first-degree wanton endangerment for leaving a child younger than eight years of age in a motor vehicle where circumstances pose a grave risk of death."

The law was passed after 11-month-old Bryan Puckett, was left in a hot car by his babysitter and died on July 13, 1999, according to KSP.

Sgt. Lawson offers the following safety tips for keeping children safe in the heat:

• Never leave a child in an unattended car, even with the windows down.

• Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don't overlook sleeping babies.

• Always lock your car. If a child is missing, check the car first, including the trunk. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.

• Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver as a reminder.

• Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.

• Make ‘look before you leave’ a routine whenever you get out of the car.

According to Lawson, a person will face criminal charges for leaving a child in a hot car, and "the pain and guilt from making such a mistake will last far longer."

Children are not the only people who should be looked out for in these situations.

Often the elderly and pets are left in hot cars as well. They can also suffer from hyperthermia and die if they are left unattended in hot cars.

The KSP is asking everyone to watch out for people and pets left in vehicles on hot days, and to call 911 if they think the occupants are in danger.