Summer Safety

During summer, prepare to get out & enjoy the warm weather!
Share these safety tips & resources.

Bicycle Helmets

Bicycle Helmets play a significant role in protecting cyclists from head and brain injuries — and the law requires them to be worn while biking in Seattle.

As cyclists of all ages take to our sunny streets, it’s important to suit up properly with a fitted bicycle helmet!

Learn more about Bicycle Helmet Safety including FREE fittings & giveaways >>

Drowning Prevention

Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related death in youth — in Washington state, an average of 17 children and teens drown each year. It is important to stress that no single intervention is fully protective. Rather, multiple layers of protection are recommended. 

Learn more about Drowning Prevention & Water Safety >>

 

Boating Safety

When boating in open water such as lakes, rivers, ponds, and the ocean—you can never be totally safe, but you can be better prepared.

Too often pleasure outings turn tragic—as a boat operator, passenger, or concerned individual, you can help prevent injury on our waterways.

Learn more about Boating Safety laws, education requirements & lifejackets >>

Hot Weather

Being TOO HOT for TOO LONG can become problematic at any age—too much heat is not safe for anyone!

It is even riskier if you are older and/or have health problems. Older adults may be more likely to have heat-related health problems. Being hot for too long can cause hyperthermia which is a heat-related illness.

Share this infographic to help spread the word about staying safe in hot weather. It is important to get relief from the heat quickly. If not, you might begin to feel confused or faint. Your heart can also become stressed and stop beating.

Learn more about Heat Safety & what to do in an emergency >>

Window Guards

Open windows are nice during warm weather — but they also pose risks for young children. Window screens are designed to keep bugs out, but are NOT strong enough to keep children in.

According to Dr. Brian Johnston, Chief of Pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center, “We typically see about 40 to 50 children per year injured by window falls.’’

To avoid injury by window falls:

  • Window stops and window guards should be placed on windows above the first floor
  • Locks and guards should be easily removed by an adult in case of a fire
  • Window stops and window guards can be found at your local hardware store and online (costs range from $5 to $100)
  • Placing climbable furniture away from windows and keeping play areas away from windows and doors

Learn more about Window Guards & safety measures to prevent injuries >>

Fireworks Safety

While fireworks may be tempting to light, researchers and doctors say the injuries resulting from fireworks have the potential to be life-altering. Injuries resulting from mortars and shells tend to be MORE SEVERE resulting in amputations, or even permanent blindness.

More than 3,000 children under the age of 15 are sent to the emergency room each year due to firework injuries. Among teens, injuries from homemade fireworks or modified fireworks (such as “sparkler bombs”) are extremely common.

Learn more about Firework Safety >>

Campfires

Campfires are a leading cause of youth camping injuries and a primary catalyst for our nation’s devastating forest fires.

Learn more about Campfire Safety & First-aid >>

Car Seats & Booster Seats

Keep your passengers safe every ride—regardless of whether you are heading out on a road trip or just running out for a quick errand. Make sure all passengers are in the right restraint system.

Kids under height 4’9″ (which is usually ages 8-12) should be in a car seat or booster seat.

Older children, teens and adults should all buckle up — this is the law in Washington state and in turn helps to set a safe example for kids.

Learn more at Boosterseat.org >>

 

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