More Broward Communities Join #SaferBy4 Campaign

For Immediate Release:
March 16, 2015

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

More Broward Communities Join #SaferBy4 Campaign
Public awareness campaign efforts continue to reduce child fatalities

BROWARD COUNTY – More communities in Broward County have joined the Department of Children and Families and other agencies in support of #SaferBy4 following the successful launch of the public awareness campaign last month.

The cities of Sunrise and Sea Ranch Lakes have taken the additional step of issuing resolutions in support of the #SaferBy4 campaign, which is aimed at reducing preventable child deaths in Broward County.  Nearly half of last year’s fatalities in Broward County were due to unsafe sleep and drowning.

In support of these awareness efforts, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Margate, North Lauderdale, Parkland, Plantation and Weston have issued proclamations regarding the #SaferBy4 campaign.  Many of these municipalities also are using social media to promote #SaferBy4 within their communities.

“The response to this important public awareness campaign has been tremendous,” said Dennis Miles, DCF’s Southeast Regional Managing Director.  “Our partners really have embraced #SaferBy4 and are providing this important information to their communities.  By working together, we can make a difference and save lives.”

The campaign, which began in February, was spearheaded 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 the city leaders and their respective police and fire departments have begun to take action to spread the #SaferBy4 information to parents and families, along with the few simple steps they can take to keep their children safe and prevent these tragedies. 

“The campaign is aimed at reducing preventable child fatalities, and we know that our city and community partners play an important role in getting this prevention information directly to families and others in their communities,” Gorsuch said. “The support truly has been wonderful.”

For more information about preventable child fatalities, please visit http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/childfatality/.

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