BE WISE AROUND WATER
- 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).
- 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.
LOOK OUT FOR CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS
- 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).
- 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.
NEVER LEAVE KIDS OR PETS IN THE CAR
- 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).
- 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.
STOP AT FOUR INCHES FOR OPEN WINDOWS
- 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).
- 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.