Thousands of home fire safety devices given out to Dearne mums

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Thousands of Dearne mums-to-be can help to protect their young families from fires – all thanks to new specialist thermometers.

Barnsley Maternity Unit will hand out the thermometers to more than 3,000 expectant parents every year, which tell parents when their baby’s room is at the correct temperature and also displays messages about home fire safety.

The project has been awarded just over £6,000 from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority’s funding scheme, the Stronger Safer Communities Reserve.

Sarah Broadbent, vulnerable person advocate for the brigade, said: “We already have a strong relationship with the midwives at Barnsley Hospital. This latest project will see important fire safety messages delivered to thousands of families in Barnsley in every year, at a busy time in their lives when basic home safety issues could easily be forgotten.”

Specialist midwife Joanne Poskitt added: “The new thermometers are a practical and simple tool which will help parents provide a safe sleeping environment for a baby.”