New Campaign Focuses on Dangers of Co-Sleeping

Milwaukee firefighters are going door-to-door to warn parents

The next time you open your door to a firefighter, you might get an unexpected warning.

Firefighters in Milwaukee are now including information about the dangers of co-sleeping during their door-to-door smoke alarm safety checks. The campaign comes after more than a dozen infant sleep-related deaths occurred in the area last year despite a controversial ad campaign years prior.

"The more you say it, the more you keep repeating it, the more it just becomes common knowledge," said Milwaukee Fire Department's Lt. Schuyler Belott.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 16 out of 100,000 babies die in unsafe sleep environments before they are a year old.

Tasha Rodefer lost her son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome with co-sleeping as a factor when he was only 46 days old. "It's like it happened yesterday. I can remember everything. From the moment I woke up to him not breathing..." Rodefer says she hopes this new campaign will prevent other deaths from happening.

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