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The heat arrived early this year. It’s still spring, but already feels like the dog days of summer.

Amber Andreasen with KidsAndCars.org said we’re on the fast track to a very dangerous year.

Twelve children have already died nationwide because of heat stroke this year.

"That’s a 240 percent increase from where we were this time last year," she said.

Two women were recently charged with child endangerment after leaving a 9-month-old child inside a car in direct sunlight while they were shopping.

The nonprofit works to keep kids safe in and around vehicles. Andreason was happy to see that the Olathe Police Department released a video about heatstroke prevention.

This was a simulation of someone being in a hot car. Please don’t try this at home; there was medical staff on hand for Sgt. Bryan hill.

Andreason said heat is just one of the many dangers when children are left alone in a car.

"I’ve had cases where a parent was standing ten feet in front of the vehicle and their child was being strangled to death by a power window but they couldn’t scream for help and the parent had no idea it was happening," Andreason said.

Walking away a minute, even a second is too long.