TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Safe Haven Baby Box was installed at the Terre Haute Fire Department’s station number five during an event Thursday morning.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes provide a safer alternative for mothers to surrender their children in times of desperate need. Rather than placing the child in a box or trash can, the special box provides a warm secure spot for the child.

The boxes are alarm activated and equipped with blankets and heat to keep the child warm. The alarm will immediately notify officers once a baby is placed inside the box to be left in the care of the fire department.

Founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Monica Kelsey said this alternative also helps desperate mothers avoid legal troubles for not being able to provide for a child.

“We’ve seen so many times over the last few years of women who are putting their babies in dumpsters or trash cans,” Kelsey said. “Those women are being prosecuted, so this is an option to not be prosecuted but to also keep your child safe.”

The station where the box is now attached is located at 28 S. 9th St., Terre Haute, Ind. 47807.