Summer Safety

life jacket

BE WISE AROUND WATER

Facts:
  • Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4 in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • 756 children ages 0-14 drowned in the United States during 2016 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • 13 people died in recreational boating crashes in Oregon during 2017. Only two were wearing life jackets (Oregon State Marine Board).
Tips:
  • Keep eyes on children at all times while they swim. That means put the phone and other distractions away!
  • Never swim alone, regardless of age, experience or swimming abilities.
  • Swimming in natural bodies of water is much more challenging than swimming pools. Use extra caution.
  • Wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Many times, it's the law.
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bike

LOOK OUT FOR CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

Facts:
  • Only about 57 percent of children under the age of 16 in Oregon use a bike helmet (Oregon Department of Transportation).
  • 544 children ages 0-19 died in bicycle-related crashes in the United States between 2012-2016 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • 73 pedestrian fatalities occurred in Oregon during 2015 (Oregon Department of Transportation).
Tips: 
  • Driving? Be extra cautious of those on two wheels and two feet, especially in residential areas and parking lots.
  • Make sure children always wear properly fitted helmets while cycling, skating or scooting (it's the law).
  • Model safe cycling around children, such as using hand signals in traffic and wearing a helmet.
  • Wear bright clothes and carry a light at night. Cyclists must have a front light and rear light/reflector.
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hot car

NEVER LEAVE KIDS OR PETS IN THE CAR

Facts:
  • On average, 37 children in the United States die from heat-related injuries after being trapped inside vehicles (Kids and Cars).
  • Three children in Oregon have died from heat-related injuries between 1998-2017 after being trapped inside vehicles (No Heat Stroke).
  • The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes (American Veterinary Medical Association).
Tips:
  • Develop the habit of opening your rear car door every time you park to ensure all passengers have exited.
  • Research pet policies at your destinations before hitting the road. No ride if they can't come inside!
  • Lock your car when it is parked to prevent kids from entering and locking themselves inside by accident.
  • Consider the convenience of the drive-through and other pull-up services to keep your car running and cool.
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window fall

STOP AT FOUR INCHES FOR OPEN WINDOWS

Facts:
  • About 3,300 children ages 0-6 in the United States fall from windows every year (Stop at 4).
  • On average, about 50 children ages 0-13 in Oregon receive medical attention from injuries related to window falls every year (Safe Kids Oregon).
Tips:
  • Prevent child window falls by leaving windows open no more than four inches. Consider installing window stops.
  • Move furniture or anything a child can climb on away from windows.
  • Teach children to stay at least two steps away from windows (and enforce the rule).
  • Install window guards if windows will be open more than four inches.
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