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Four-year-old’s Death Prompts State Review

July 28th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

It is every parents worst nightmare. You drop your child off at a day care center and expect them to be safe. A Tallahassee family is still in mourning after saying goodbye to their 4-year-old daughter over the weekend. The child was killed by a fire at her day care center, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the death has prompted the state to warn other day care centers about training and procedures.

Hear it Here: Four-year-olds Death Prompts State Review

150 people, family, friends and just the concerned, came to a candlelight vigil Friday night for 4-year-old Grace Chen.

Grace died July 11th, just 8 days afer her 4th birthday when a fire swept through this Tallahassee day care center. Another child alerted day care workers that Grace was missing, but it was too late.

The Department of Children and Families says both parents and day care providers can learn from what happened here.

Day care centers are supposed to keep track of which children are where in the center and workers are required to take the list with them if they leave. Because of Graces death, every center in the state is now being told to retrain their staff.

This tragedy was a result of an air vent or a ventilation fan, so well point that out to providers, Deborah Russo with DCF said.

Because of the death the state has started developing an online training course for all day care workers. Regulators say parents also have a role to play.

The parents should ask how often they do the fire drills, if they do them throughout the day, at different times of the day, during nap time, during lunch time. You dont know when a fire is going to occur, Russo said.

Any changes will come too late to help Grace, but hopefully not for the brother that Graces mother is carrying in her womb.

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