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Brigade backs safety leaflet

A new leaflet on baby safety developed by Poole Hospital with Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue has been launched.

Created by St Mary’s maternity unit maternity support worker Amanda Wilson, the new guide features a thermal strip to show the temperature in a room, as well as lots of practical advice on how to keep a baby safe.

The leaflet will be given to all new mums as part of their discharge pack when leaving hospital.

Amanda approached the fire service with the idea earlier this year, keen to ensure new mums had a handy information source on safety when leaving hospital.

baby safety leafletThe leaflet advises on the risks to babies of adults smoking in homes and how best to prepare a baby for sleep and what to avoid, as well as information on fire safety. The leaflet also gives details of the fire service’s Safe and Well scheme, a free service in which a fire and rescue officer will visit people in their homes to provide safety advice.

Firefighters helped mark the launch of the leaflet when they recently paid a visit to St Mary’s, complete with fire engine.

“I’m really pleased with the leaflet and really grateful for the fire service’s support in developing it,” said Amanda.

“It’s a brilliant resource for new mums, in addition to the other information they’re given when they leave hospital.

“The response from mums so far has been really positive.”

Stuart Topp, green watch crew manager at Poole Fire Station, said the fire service was pleased to support the new initiative. Not only is smoking bad for health, it and smoking related items, like lighters and matches, are the most common factor in property fires.

“We were keen to support the midwifery team on the guidance on smoke free homes and how mums and families can protect their baby,” he said.

“I would encourage everyone, not just new mums, to think about safety in the home and would recommend anyone with concerns or questions contact Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue.”

Sandra Chitty, head of midwifery at St Mary’s, added: “This is a fantastic example of partnership working and is a real asset for new mums.”

The fire service can be contacted on 0800 038 2323, or visit http://www.dwfire.org.uk/ for more information.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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