New mums and dads in north Cumbria will be getting a visit from firefighters when they return home to help protect new babies from the risk of fire.

Firefighters in Carlisle have designed a freepost form that only requires a name, address and phone number from new parents. It is then sealed and posted back to automatically generate a free home fire safety visit from local firefighters.

The midwifery team at the Cumberland Infirmary have agreed to help promote the leaflet to new parents and Meredith Jardine, acting community midwifery manager at the hospital, hopes the innovative scheme is a success.

She said: "We are happy to promote any scheme which helps new parents keep their babies safe from harm. New mothers and fathers have so much to think about, fire safety may not be top of their list of priorities.

"This scheme offers a quick and simple way for families to get professional fire safety advice in their own homes."

Carlisle station manager Craig Drinkald said: "It's great that two services which help people can work together like this. We want to reach out to new parents because no matter how safe you think you are from fire you can't be safe enough.

"It's a fact that homes with children are more at risk from fire and as well as this smoke alarms save lives, so having us carry out a home fire safety visit is the best way of keeping safe from fire.

"New parents want to protect their family and we want to help."

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service operates a freephone number - 0800 358 4777 - which people can call to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Check and receive other useful safety information.


Date posted: 25.01.11