For young children, unintentional injury is the leading cause of death. For seniors, tripping and falling is a major health risk.
South County Fire has a number of programs to prevent common causes of serious injury:
Drowning Prevention & Lifejackets
Kids always need to be watched by an adult when near the water. Seattle Children's Hospital offers tips and resources to keep kids safe around water.
Life jackets are required on all boats, and may also be used while swimming. Loaner lifejackets are available for kids at several Snohomish County lakes:
- Martha Lake
- Lake Goodwin
- Wyatt Park
- Twin Lakes
- Silver Lake
- Lake Stevens Boat Launch
The loaner lifejacket program is supported by Safe Kids Snohomish County.
Nine out of 10 poisonings happen at home. You can dispose of unused prescription medicine at your local police station or pharmacy drop-off.
The Snohomish Health District is leading local efforts to prevent opioid addiction and overdose deaths.
South County Fire offers free bike helmets during select spring and summer open house events.
A properly fitted bike helmet reduces the risk of serious head injury. See the Safe Kids website for helmet fitting videoand other tips.