Some quick tips to prevent tragedy as "hot car" deaths climb to 15 this year

Some quick tips to prevent tragedy as "hot car" deaths climb to 15 this year

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Devastating news over the holiday weekend as two more children died in hot cars, bringing the number to 15 nationwide this year.

"As a law enforcement officer I've dealt with this a couple of times, not to the extent that we're hearing now, but we do get this from time-to-time, and it's not something that any of us want to ever have to respond to," says Inspector Chip Googe with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. "It's something that's just heartbreaking."

Studies show that even on relatively mild days where temperatures are in the 70's, vehicles can reach life-threatening temperatures very quickly.

Googe says children heat up three times more quickly than adults.

"You're looking for faintness, lack of color, if they're not sweating when they should be being dehydrated."

He says if you see a child locked in a car, call 911 immediately. Googe says if the situation is dire, you may have to act before law enforcement or the fire department arrives.

"Protection of life always trumps property...This is our main goal here, and if we have to deal with property damage later, we'll deal with that on another scale. Just use common sense. Without seeing the signs, then you need to wait. If it's a life or death situation, go ahead and save that life."

A few things you can do are set a cell phone alarm as a reminder or leave your phone, purse or wallet in the backseat, so you will see your child when you reach for your things.