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Thermometer Helps Remind Drivers of Kids on Board

A Broward welfare agency is using a new device to prevent children from being left in hot cars

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    Thermometer Helps Remind Drivers of Kids on Board
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    A 2-year-old girl was found dead in a van at Katie's Kids Learning Center in Delray Beach on August 5, 2010.

    Last week's death of 2-year-old Haile Brockington, left for hours in her daycare center's van, is the most recent example of how heat can kill.

    “It's really a growing concern and we want to be proactive, we want to make sure this doesn't happen,” said Silvia Smith-Torres, Vice President of Client Services at ChildNet, the agency that manages Broward County’s child welfare system. 

    This week, ChildNet started putting “Life-Meters” on all its cars used to transport abused and neglected children. Cesar Byrd does a lot of driving for the agency and thinks it’s a great idea.  

    “It just lets you know how hot the temperature is at all times. It’s very accurate.”

    There’s a sticker on the rear window that is simply a visual reminder that reads "please don’t forget me inside the car." On the upper corner of the driver’s window is a medical grade thermometer.
     
    When Cesar tested it today at around 11 a.m., the vehicle was reading 130 with the door ajar.

    From 1998 to 2008, 414 children in the U.S. died in cars from hyperthermia. Florida has the second highest number in the country with 40 deaths.
     
    Life-Meters only cost the agency $1.90 each. 

    “We're giving them to all our foster parents, we're giving them to relatives and non-relatives -- anybody who cares for one of our children,” said Smith-Torres. 
     
    With these temperature decals on all its cars, ChildNet of Broward is hoping other child care agencies in the state do the same. To find out more about Life-Meters go to www.lifelink1.com.