A helmet can protect your child or teen from a serious head or brain injury. However, a helmet will only protect when it fits well. Follow these three steps when fitting a helmet:
- Helmet sits level on your child’s head and rests 2 finger widths above the eyebrows.
- The straps are even, form a “Y” under each earlobe, and lay flat against the head.
- The buckle chin strap is loose enough so your child can breath, but should be tight enough that if your child opens their mouth, you can see the helmet pull down on top.
Learn more about helmet safety with this Safety Tip Sheet
FREE Bike Helmet Program
To help promote bicycle safety, we have bike helmets available for children within our fire district.
Helmets are custom fit and the wearer must be present for the fitting. Click here to schedule a helmet fitting appointment.
Safe Sitter Classes
Safe Sitter classes are available through our partners at Central Pierce Fire & Rescue.
The cost is $37 per child, and all classes are held at CPFR Station 71 (902 7th St NW, Puyallup, WA). The class begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. If you have a child in grades 6-8 and would like to sign him/her up for a Safe Sitter course save this page. Registration for the dates below is available through CPFR’s Eventbrite Page (linked here). Class space is limited to 16 students and the waitlist caps out at 4 students.
2024 Quarter 1 Class Dates:
- Saturday, February 10th
- Monday, February 19th (Presidents’ Day)
- Saturday, March 16th
Babysitter Boss is a video series created by the Safe Sitter program to teach 11-14 year olds everything they need to know about babysitting. Click here to subscribe to the YouTube channel.
(Information from Safe Kids Worldwide, https://www.safekids.org/poolsafety.)
- Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4.
- And it’s the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children 19 and under.
- In 2018, 918 children under the age of 19 drowned and more than 7,000 were seen in the emergency room.
Water Safety Tips:
- Watch kids when they are in or around water. Keep young children and weak swimmers within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure more experienced swimmers are with a partner every time.
- Choose a Water Watcher. When there are several adults present, choose one to be responsible for watching children in or near the water for a certain period of time, such as 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, select another adult to be the Water Watcher.
- Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.
- Make sure kids learn these five water survival skills.
- Step or jump into water over their head and return to the surface.
- Turn around in the water and orient to safety.
- Float or tread water.
- Combine breathing with forward movement in the water.
- Exit the water.
- Teach children that swimming in open water is different from swimming in a pool. Be aware of situations that are unique to open water, such as limited visibility, depth, uneven surfaces, currents and undertow. These potential hazards can make swimming in open water more challenging than swimming in a pool.
- Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills. It is important to know how to respond in an emergency without putting yourself at risk of drowning. Learning these skills may help you save a life.
Close Before You Doze
Closed doors can reduce fire growth, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down, and can even save your life if you become trapped.
- Close Before You Doze Safety Tip Sheet
- Close Before You Doze Infographic
- A Closed Door Could Save Your Life Infographic
- Close Before You Doze Coloring Sheet
Preventing Window Falls
According to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, window falls are the most common unintentional injury requiring children to stay in the hospital in Pierce County, with the most common victims being children under 5.
Here are a few tips for preventing window falls:
- Keep windows closed and locked when unattended.
- Use a window stop or window guard to limit openings to 4 inches or less on any accessible window that is more than 6 feet off the ground.
- Be aware that window screens are meant to pop out easily in the event of an emergency and will not stop a child from falling.
For more safety information and window safety products, please visit www.stopat4.com