DCF, Broward County’s 31 Municipalities, Community Partners Join Together to Reduce Child Fatalities

For Immediate Release:
July 1, 2015

Contact:
Paige Patterson-Hughes
DCF Communications Director
(954) 375-3354

DCF, Broward County’s 31 Municipalities, Community Partners Join Together to Reduce Child Fatalities
All 31 Broward municipalities supporting the #SaferBy4 public awareness campaign

BROWARD COUNTY – The Department of Children and Families, in partnership with all 31 Broward County municipalities, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Broward Health, Pediatric Associates, the Children’s Services Council in Broward County, Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies of Broward County, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, Broward Chiefs of Police Association, Broward Fire Chiefs Association, Broward League of Cities, YMCA of South Florida, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, Coral Springs Fire Department, elected officials and other partners have joined together in support of the #SaferBy4 campaign to reduce child fatalities in this county, nearly half of which are due to drowning and unsafe sleep. 

As of today, all of Broward County’s 31 municipalities will have joined DCF and other partners in the #SaferBy4 public awareness campaign to reduce preventable child fatalities.  A number of these partners and municipalities are using social media, newsletters, websites, parks and recreation venues and community events to promote these prevention efforts. 

 “Last year, almost half of the child fatalities in Broward County were due to drowning and unsafe sleep,” said DCF Southeast Regional Managing Director Dennis Miles.  “The #SaferBy4 campaign has been embraced by all municipalities and our partners in Broward County, and we’re working together to raise awareness to reduce these tragic deaths.”

In support of these important public awareness efforts, Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Southwest Ranches, Weston, West Park and Wilton Manors have issued proclamations.  Resolutions have been issued by Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Sunrise and Tamarac.

The #SaferBy4 campaign, which was launched in February, was developed by DCF, the City of Sunrise, the Children’s Services Council of Broward, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Broward Chiefs of Police Association, Broward Fire Chiefs Association, Florida Department of Health in Broward County, Broward Health, Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies of Broward County, Broward League of Cities, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Sunrise Police Department, Sunrise Fire Rescue and other Broward County entities.

DCF Circuit 17 Community Development Administrator Kim Gorsuch said it shows how important these issues are to communities, with all 31 Broward County municipalities showing support for #SaferBy4.  “We all are working together to make our communities and families safer,” Gorsuch said.  “Reducing child fatalities is a goal we all share.”                                          

Please visit http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/childfatality/ for more information on preventable child fatalities.

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