Glendale Fire Dept. increases awareness about Safe Baby Haven Program

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- National Safe Baby Haven Day will be observed Tuesday, reminding mothers of newborn babies that there are safe options if you can't care for your infant.

In 2001, Arizona passed the law that allowed mothers of newborn babies, within the first 72 hours of giving birth, to take their babies to a safe place without fear of prosecution, should the mother feel incapable of taking care of her child.

The Glendale Fire Department was the first in the state to spearhead the Safe Baby Haven Program. Now, the department is taking its efforts even further.

The department launched a new initiative Monday, starting to put "Safe Haven" stickers and magnets on all Glendale Fire vehicles. It's another way to get the word out and let new mothers know that they have options.

"We would like the community to see the logo," says Dr. Heather Burner, head of the Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation."To know that the Fire Department is our Safe Haven provider. It's very important for us to continue our outreach to the community. The Fire Department has been very, very kind and it's been a huge blessing for us to be able to do this."

You will soon be seeing stickers on dozens of fire and emergency vehicles.