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Safe Kids of Snohomish County

For over a decade, Safe Kids Snohomish County has partnered with Providence Regional Medical Center Everett to work towards the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries. Young lives are saved through a countywide effort to increase community awareness through safety education, events and the distribution of protective equipment.

Classes and resources provided by Safe Kids Snohomish County include car seat safety, fire and burn prevention, pedestrian safety, drowning prevention, helmet fitting, and more.

School and group presentations

School and other group presentations are available on car safety, pedestrian safety, drowning prevention, bike helmet safety, fire/burn prevention and more. Call 425-304-6157 to schedule a presentation or contact Shawneri.guzman@providence.org.

Global network of Safe Kids

Safe Kids Snohomish County is part of a global network of organizations aimed at helping kids grow up safe and injury free. Visit safekids.org to find more safety tips by age or activity.

 

Safety Information

Car Seat

Did you know that an estimated 8 out of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly? You’ll have peace of mind when you know your child’s car seat is properly installed in your car.

  • Learn about the most appropriate car seat for your child through the Five Steps to Safety
  • Take a car seat safety class at the Pavilion for Women & Children. Call (425) 304-6047 to enroll or register online.

  • Make sure your car seat is installed properly through a free car seat check appointment. You can have your car seat checked by the:

    • Snohomish County Fire District 1

    • Snohomish County Sheriff

    • Lynnwood Police

    • Granite Falls Fire Department

    • Lake Stevens Fire or Police Departments

    • View a full list of car seat check locations and make an appointment

Car Seat Awareness Classes

WA_Safe_Kids_Car SeatAttend this class to receive training on basic car seat instruction, car seat laws in Washington State, best practices and more.

The class is intended for medical professionals, DSHS transporters, social workers, police officers, firefighters, parents, and more.

To register, complete and mail this form to us. You can also contact Shawneri Guzman at (425) 304-6157.

View upcoming dates and locations

 

Helmet

Safe_Kids_Bike_HelmetProper-fitting helmets save lives. When it comes to biking, skating or skiing, a helmet that fits right can help prevent head injuries. There are many locations throughout Snohomish County where you can find a low cost multi-sport helmet.

Helmets are available for $10, or by donation. You will receive a free custom fitting with each purchase. Contact a helmet distribution site in your area for more information.

Get the right helmet fit

A helmet should be adjusted each time you use it. Learn how to correctly fit a bike helmet.

Life Jacket

Drowning is silent! By following proper water safety tips and using a life jacket, unintentional injuries can be avoided and lives can be saved.

Life jackets are available for day use at various Snohomish County Locations including:

  • Kayak Point
  • Martha Lake
  • Flowing Lake
  • Twin Lakes
  • Wyatt Park
  • Marysville, Monroe and Index Fire Department

The Washington State Drowning Prevention Network in partnership with Safe Kids is happy to announce this year’s 25% off the regular price of any life jacket at participating Big 5 locations.

WA_Safe_Kids_Life_JacketWater Safety Tips

Supervision is Key to Safety

Always designate an adult to supervise your child/teen at all times

Know Your Limits

No matter how good a swimmer you are, it is easy to misjudge the water or your skills. If you are tired, rest and stay out of the water. Drowning happens to even the strongest swimmers who become too tired to make it back to shore.

Beware of Rivers

Many lakes and rivers are cold enough to cause hypothermia, even in the summer. Calm rivers can hide dangerous undercurrents, rocks and tree branches. Rivers are unpredictable and should be avoided.

Wear a Life Jacket

Even strong swimmers can benefit from a life jacket. Wear a life jacket when swimming, boating, innertubing or rafting. Play toys such as water wings, air mattresses and swim noodles are not safety devices.

Learn What To Do in an Emergency

Respond quickly when someone appears to be in trouble. Know your location and contact medical personal quickly.

Learn CPR

 

Fire

Fire, burns and scalds can be prevented by making a few easy modifications to your home and by teaching your family what to do in an emergency.

Home Safety

Keeping your child safe is a full time job. Learn how you can keep your kids safe by downloading the Safety Checklist for around your home.

Hiking Safety for Beginners

Hiking is a fun, healthy, and affordable activity that is open to anyone. Inexperienced hikers, especially teens, are at the highest risk for injury, even death. Enjoy your hike and stay safe with these hiking safety tips.

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Have a Plan

Whether a planned hike or a quick walk along a trail, let someone know where you are going and when you will return. It’s a good idea to have a hiking buddy and to always pay attention to your surroundings. Landmarks are a great way to mark your trail and ensure a safe return.

Dress Right

The saying is: cotton kills. Even if you are striking out on a warm sunny day, be prepared for rain and snow any time you visit the western Cascades. Dress in layers, wool socks, sturdy shoes and a jacket.

Know Your Limits

Poor conditioning and bad judgment can lead to injury, even death. Pay attention to how far you’ve gone and the amount of time it will take to return. Be aware of changing weather and time until sunset.

Know What to Do When Things Go Bad

A lost person who wanders around aimlessly can turn a bad situation in to a tragic one. Stay put, hug a tree, and wait for help to arrive. Whistles, mirrors, and cell phones are great tools in recovery.

10 Essentials

Before you hit the trail, no matter how easy, no matter how short, no matter how close to home, make sure your backpack is loaded with the 10 essentials. Carry each one and know how to use them.

  • 1. Map
  • 2. Compass
  • 3. Water and a way to purify it
  • 4. Extra food
  • 5. Rain gear and extra clothing
  • 6. Firestarter and matches
  • 7. First aid kit
  • 8. Knife or multi-purpose tool
  • 9. Flashlight and extra batteries
  • 10. Sunscreen and sunglasses

Learn more about the 10 Essentials at www.wta.org.

Other Important Items

Insect repellent, whistle, watch, emergency blanket, mirror, duct tape, gloves, extra socks, and an orange vest (during hunting season).

How to Administer First Aid on the Trail

Make sure you have the supplies to deal with all injuries, big and small. Check your first aid kit before every trip and know how to use every item in your kit.

  • Bandages [all sizes, shapes, types]
  • Alcohol swabs, antiseptic ointment, cotton swabs, dry-wash pads or wipes.
  • Safety pin, scissors, tweezers, bulb irrigating syringe.
  • Antacids, antibiotic, antihistamine, ibuprofen, hydrocortisone cream, iodine water treatment.

For more information visit us at www.wta.org/teensontrail.