World Suicide Prevention Day 2017: Take a minute, change a life

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide, making suicide a public health problem that greatly impacts those individuals, their loved ones, and communities across the world. Despite the work of public health agencies, law enforcement, non-profit groups, and community organizations we are still seeing staggering […]

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Everything you need to know about Washington’s new distracted driving law

The new Washington state distracted driving law goes into effect July 23. Breaking this law could result in a $136 ticket (subsequent offenses within a five-year period jump to $235) or worse – a collision. Not sure what is and is not okay? We’ve laid it out for you. Drivers may not use hand-held cell […]

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Cool off at lifeguarded beaches in King County

Summer is finally here, and arriving in full force with high temperatures expected this weekend. With hot weather, it is tempting to take a dip in our area’s lakes and rivers to cool off, but before you do, make sure there is a lifeguard on duty nearby. Already this year we’ve seen two drowning tragedies […]

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Hot weather and dangerous rivers make safety a top concern

After the long and rainy winter, we know many of you are itching to spend some time outside, in and on the water, soaking up some rays (with at least SPF 15 on, of course). But, before jumping in, know the risks. The weather is warming up, but our area’s lakes, rivers and open water […]

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Study shows all-ages helmet law improves safety without deterring riders

By Christina Yantsides The King County Board of Health (BOH) All-Ages Bicycle Helmet Law requires that anyone riding a bicycle, regardless of age, must wear a helmet (for more on the history and specifics of the law, read this). Public Health is a strong supporter of helmet laws, which are an important strategy to prevent […]

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2016: Connect, Communicate, Care

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. On this date every year, we pause to reflect on the impact of suicide in our families and communities and affirm the importance of prevention.  Suicide is preventable, and everyone can be part of the solution. We can continue to honor the lives of those lost to suicide […]

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