DATE: June 21, 2013
CONTACT: Mandy Wells, Director
Community Partnership Division
Licensed child care facilities throughout Broward County are encouraged to take advantage of a one-time reimbursement for installing child safety alarm devices in their vehicles.
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners recently passed an ordinance requiring all child care centers and family child care homes to install safety alarms in vehicles carrying six or more passengers. The ordinance goes into effect July 1, 2013.
Broward County Children’s Services Administration, the Children Services Council and the Early Learning Coalition have collaborated to launch the “Look Before You Lock” campaign aimed at preventing deaths and injuries as a result of being left in a hot vehicle. Florida ranks fourth in the nation in the number of child hyperthermia deaths caused by children being left in vehicles.
A one-time only reimbursement fund has been set aside to offset the cost of the vehicle alarm installation(s) for qualified child care providers. To be eligible, the purchase and installation of the alarm must have occurred between December 11, 2012, and June 30, 2013.
All reimbursements will be made on a first come, first served basis and will be subject to the availability of funds. Only one application per ownership will be accepted regardless of the number of facilities owned or programs operated. Copies of all child care facilities' licenses or registrations are required to support each request. Maximum reimbursement is up to $400 per vehicle, not to exceed $1,200 total reimbursement per ownership/application. Other requirements include:
• The alarm device must be designed so that the vehicle horn, siren or other type of audible alarm will sound within one minute if the driver or staff member does not go to the rear or back seat of the vehicle, or, in the case of a passenger van, does not open the side entry door of the vehicle, to manually shut off the alarm prior to leaving the vehicle.
• The alarm must be audible from a distance of 500 feet from the vehicle.
For additional information on the vehicle child safety alarm device reimbursement program or the “Look Before You Lock” campaign, visit broward.org/humanservices and click LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK or call 954-357-4800.