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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

With temperatures starting to climb, AAA Arizona is reminding parents and caregivers to look before they lock.

Leaving a child in a hot car can be a parent's or caregiver's worst nightmare. 

AAA Arizona says with today's distractions, it is important that parents and caregivers take extra steps to help prevent a tragic mistake from happening. 

According to www.kidsandcars.org on average 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat related deaths after being trapped inside cars.  Arizona is fourth in the nation for these types of tragedies with 23 death between 1998 - 2010.

Last year from Memorial Day to Labor Day, AAA Arizona responded to more than 370 calls, where either a child or a pet was locked inside a vehicle.

Here are a few tips from AAA Arizona -

-Always check the front and back seats of the vehicle before they get out and lock it.

-Even if the vehicle is running or the windows are cracked, never leave a child unattended.

-Always keep keys out of reach of children, so they cannot get into the vehicle and keep rear fold down seats up, to keep children from crawling in the trunk.

-The main reminder here is to always look before locking. 

For those who spot a child or pet locked in a vehicle, please dial 911.

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