Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ceiling Fans and SIDS

Did you know there are about 4,000 sleep-related infant deaths in the United States each year? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a disease that affects hundreds of families across the country. But you can help keep your baby safe by simply turning on a ceiling fan in the room before they fall asleep.

According to Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, babies who sleep in a room with a fan are 72% less likely to die from SIDS.

“Since 1992 the rate of SIDS deaths has dropped by 56 percent, from 1.2 deaths per 1,000 live births to about 1 death per 2,000 live births. The decline is linked to a national “Back to Sleep” campaign that promotes putting babies on their backs instead of the stomach, which has been shown to lower risk for sudden death. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that parents avoid soft bedding, allow a baby to use a pacifier if he or she wants, and avoid overheating a baby’s room as ways to lower the risk for SIDS.” (

Stale, stagnant air in a child’s room can increase the risk of SIDS. Simply keeping the air moving around in a bedroom seems to reduce the risk.

“"What we found in this study is that if an infant had a fan that was used in the sleeping room, the infant's risk of SIDS was reduced by 72 percent compared to no fan in the room," said study senior author Dr. De-Kun Li, a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist in the division of research at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. The report appears in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.” (

Generation 3 Electric's tradition of commitment to the people of Philadelphia runs deep. We've been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations. We’re proud to live and raise our families in the areas we serve, and felt we needed to share this essential information. These studies are especially meaningful to me as the father of Generation 4. –Bill Lutz


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