How First Responders can proactively reduce sleep related infant death.
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First Responders are trained to identify infant safe sleep hazards while responding to emergency and non-emergency calls. Operations personnel are quick to educate families in an attempt to lower infant deaths due to unsafe sleep environments. If personnel find a expectant mother or infant less than one year of age, they will attempt to initiate an "environmental check".
If any hazards are found in the baby's sleep space, they are identified, removed and the family is educated as to why they must be kept away from the baby. The verbal education is the key to behavior change in the field. First Responders are on scene to help, giving their message more of an opportunity to make a lasting impression.