Preventing Child Deaths: DCF, Other Agencies Are Continuing to Work Together to Find Solutions

For Immediate Release:
June 23, 2015

Contact:
John Harrell, Northeast Fla. Region Communications Director
(904) 233-7792

Preventing Child Deaths: DCF, Other Agencies Are Continuing to Work Together to Find Solutions
Meeting To Be Held On Wednesday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m.
at DCF Headquarters in Jacksonville

Jacksonville- Many child deaths are preventable, including deaths from drowning, bed-sharing or unsafe sleep, and children being left in hot cars.

To see what can be done to prevent child deaths, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) has invited 40 representatives from a number of organizations, including local law enforcement, hospitals, nonprofits and social service agencies, to see how to combat the increasing number of child deaths.  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m. at DCF’s Jacksonville headquarters, located at 5920 Arlington Expressway.

The leading concerns regarding preventable child deaths in our area are:

- Bed-sharing or unsafe sleep.  The number of parents who sleep with their babies in the same bed appears to have increased, based on studies.  The risk is that parents could roll over on top of their babies while they sleep.  DCF and child safety experts are urging parents to always follow the ABC’s of safe sleep: that babies sleep safest when they are Alone, on their Backs, and in Cribs.

- Drowning.  The weather has heated up, and more children are going to pools.  DCF strongly recommends that children never swim without adult supervision.  Additionally, we urge parents to make sure that someone is watching their children closely as they swim, free from any distractions that could keep them from responding quickly in the event of an emergency.  Parents should also consider swimming lessons for their children.

-Hot Cars.  The temperature inside a car can increase by 20 degrees in just ten minutes.  DCF urges parents to never leave their children in a car for any length of time.

DCF is reaching out to help prevent child deaths.  For more information on our Safe Sleep campaign, please go to:  www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-welfare/summer-safety-tips

More details on DCF’s efforts to help ensure that children are safe during the summer months at: www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-welfare/summer-safety-tips

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