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NC has one confirmed heat-related death, several heat-related injuries this summer

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RALEIGH--As temperatures continue to flirt with triple-digit levels, the number of heat-related injuries continues to rise.

There has been one confirmed heat related death in North Carolina this summer after a child was left in a hot vehicle, and another that officials say heat could have been a leading factor.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says more than 25 children die each year after being left alone in hot cars.

They also say the temperature inside of a car can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, and it's a reminder to all parents to not leave their kids alone in the heat.

Wake Medical Center reports that the number of heat-related injuries is on the rise, and doctors are urging people to stay hydrated.

"You do want to stay ahead fluid-wise, you want to drink before you feel thirsty, and you want to stop before you feel very tired, because what can happen is you can get to the point where you can rehydrate yourself orally, " said Dr. Olly Duckett.

Doctors also say the elderly and those without air conditioning are the people they see the most.

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