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Posted on: July 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Coroner Partnership with Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Initiative

Mother placing infant in crib with words Safe Sleep Classes

For Immediate Release

Greensburg, Pa: 07/31/2023 Westmoreland County Coroner Tim Carson is proud to announce a partnership with Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Initiative, a non-profit organization that aims to help every baby sleep safer. This partnership underscores our commitment to promoting safe sleep practices for infants to help reduce the number of infant mortalities due to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID.)

Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Initiative provides preventative programming, safe sleep education and safe infant products to families, healthcare professionals, and community organizations. Since its inception, Cribs for Kids has distributed over 900,000 no-cost cribs to families in need.

 “Sleep-related accidents result in the untimely deaths of thousands of infants every year in the United States. Research indicates the vast majority are preventable and are due to babies sleeping in unsafe environments,” said Coroner Carson.  “We want to make sure every parent and caregiver knows that the safest way for a baby to sleep is alone, on their back, and in a bare, safety-approved crib,” continued Carson.

As part of this educational initiative, qualifying families will receive safe, portable cribs if they cannot otherwise afford one.  The cribs will be obtained from private donations and not from taxpayer dollars.

“I would like to Thank David Mahokey of Black Diamond Equipment Rental based in Uniontown with offices in Pittsburgh and West Virginia for the donation of $1,000 to purchase our first shipment of cribs.  It is organizations like Black Diamond Equipment Rental that are going to make this program a success,” Carson said.

Coroner Carson highlighted that in the United States, 3,500 children under the age of one die each year. Of those deaths, 80% of them are related to a co-sleeping environment. 

“As a parent, my thoughts are with those who face the unimaginable loss of an infant child.  It is our job to not respond to these sad cases, but to proactively share information that may help reduce the chance for any preventable accident to occur in the future,” Carson said.

To learn more about infant safe sleep guidelines and Cribs for Kids mission to help every baby sleep safer, please visit www.cribsforkids.org

Contact:
Westmoreland County Coroner Tim Carson (724) 454-5821

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