The Delhi Township Fire Department unveiled the Safe Haven Baby Box installed at the station on Friday.
The box is located in the exterior wall of the station located at 697 Neeb Road. It is designed to allow mothers to surrender newborns securely and anonymously under Ohio’s Safe Haven Law.
In Ohio, the Safe Haven law allows a birth parent to leave an infant up to 30 days old with a medical worker in a hospital, a medical worker at a fire department or other emergency service organization, or a peace officer at a law enforcement agency.
How does the Safe Haven Baby Box work?
Once the device is opened and a baby placed inside, an alarm turns on, alerting emergency personnel that a baby needs to be picked up. A door on the interior side of the box allows a medical staff member to secure the surrendered newborn from inside the designated building.
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According to Safe Haven Baby Box, the incubator has cooling and heating features to keep the child safe until someone arrives within less than three minutes.
Delhi Township Fire Department chief: 'Having this device ... may help a mother in a crisis'
Doug Campbell, chief of the Delhi Township Fire Department, said this is another way for the department to serve a need in the community.
“We needed the support of the community to make this happen,” shared Township Fire Chief Doug Campbell. “We are honored to have so many wonderful partners who offered their support. Having this device in our region may help a mother in a crisis make a brave, life-changing, life-saving decision.”
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: First Safe Haven Baby Box in Hamilton County installed at Delhi Twp. FD