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Fort Worth Fire Department promotes safe infant sleep practices

Posted March 12, 2019

baby sleeping on stomach with words - this is unsafe, babies should always sleep on their backs

The Fort Worth Fire Departments responds to 118,000 calls each year, which allows personnel to educate many young families on safe sleep practices for infants.

All 925 firefighters in the department are being trained to spot warning signs of infants in hazardous sleep situations. The fire department is working with Cook Children’s to create the training. Firefighters will have access to resources for families who are not able to provide a safe sleep environment.

The department’s infant mortality initiative is similar to its efforts to inform residents about the value of smoke detectors. When conducted in the family’s environment, these interactions are very effective and can actually save lives.

Why is this important?

  • Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children less than one year old.
  • Unsafe sleeping environments for infants are the primary cause of infant suffocation.
  • Nationally, accidental suffocation deaths have more than doubled from 2007 to 2010.
  • The infant mortality rate for Tarrant County is consistently one of the highest in Texas and higher than national averages.

What you can do

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends these safe infant sleep practices to help prevent death by suffocation:

  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib.
  • Swaddling is no longer recommended. Use a sleep sack or long-sleeve footed pajamas to keep your baby warm.
  • Babies should sleep on their back, in a crib all the time. Even during naps.
  • No toys, blankets, pillows or bumper pads in the crib.
  • Use a firm mattress with a tight, fitted sheet.

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Trinity Metro Board of Directors Meeting: 3:30 p.m. March 25, 2019; Intermodal Transportation Center, Second Floor Conference Room, 1001 Jones Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
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Loving Avenue Channel Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. March 25, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.

Stop Six / Rosedale Area Sewer Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. March 25, 2019; Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 1901 Amanda Ave.

City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. March 26, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. March 26, 2019; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Metropolitan Area EMS Authority: 10 a.m. March 27, 2019; MedStar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76116.
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City Plan Commission Work Session: noon March 27, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. March 27, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Chambers, 200 Texas Street.
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Park & Recreation Advisory Board: 4 p.m. March 27, 2019; Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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Bonnie Brae Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. March 27, 2019; Bonnie Brae Elementary, 3504 Kimbo Road.

Tarrant County Adult Education & Literacy Consortium Meeting: 9:30 a.m. March 28, 2019; Workforce Development Board Office, Large Conference Room, 1320 South University Drive, Suite 600.
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Water and Wastewater Capital Improvements Plan Citizens Advisory Committee: noon March 28, 2019; Fort Worth City Credit Union, 2309 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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WORKSHOP: Code Compliance 101: 6:30 p.m. March 28, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.

Spring Fling at Greenbriar Community Center: 6 p.m. March 29, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

Community Rummage Sale at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 8 a.m. March 30, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania Ave.

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