By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  On a hot day like Monday, cars can pose a unique threat, especially to children. That’s why AAA is trying to increase awareness about the risks.

During a demonstration, they placed a thermometer on the dashboard of a car, along with a few items like a chocolate bar and crayons, which quickly melted.

In a matter of 10 minutes, the car reached a temperature of 128 degrees.

The big concern is a child’s body temperature rises much faster than an adult’s.

So far this year, nine children have died after being left in a hot car. The folks at AAA say it’s also important that pets not be left alone in a car on a hot day.