Campaign Touts Alarms Alerting Kids Left in Cars

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Associated Press Release

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- South Florida officials are partnering with a charity to help reimburse child care providers for installing alarms that alert a driver when a child has been left in the car.

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners recently passed an ordinance requiring child care centers and family child care homes to install safety alarms in vehicles carrying six or more passengers. The ordinance goes into on July 1st.

The issue is especially important in Florida where heatstroke in vehicles accounts for a high number of deaths involving children.

An 11-month -old boy died earlier this month after his mother allegedly left him in a hot car.

Officials will also unveil a "Look Before You Lock" billboard campaign next week.

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