With temperatures rising, Kentucky State Police is warning parents not to leave children alone in a hot car. 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 instance where a child was forgotten, accidentally locked themselves in a car or trunk, or, in a small number of cases, when a child has been intentionally left in a car. KSP Spokesman Sgt. Josh Lawson says the increasing number of children dying in hot cars is reach epidemic proportions. Lawson offered the following safety tips: Never leave a child in an unattended car, even with the windows down; be sure all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading; always lock your car; make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.