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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Q&A: Wild Waves and our water recreation program

Update  10/17/16 – investigation report available for download Original post 8/25/16 – The recent tragic death at Wild Waves amusement park has some people wondering what role Public Health plays in regulating pools and spas in King County. We sat down with Becky Elias, the manager of the Water Recreation Program to find out. What […]

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5 steps to a safe sleep environment for infants

The King County Medical Examiner and several Public Health staff, including experts in injury prevention and nursing, recently published an article in the King County Medical Society Bulletin that provides an important overview of sudden and unexpected infant deaths (SIDS/SUIDS). While many factors may contribute to these unfortunate losses, this article stresses the role of […]

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5 Pokémon Go tips from your local health department

Pokémon nostalgia has roared back with the release of Pokémon Go and those of us in the public health field are not immune to its charms. We wish we could offer you tips on how to catch that elusive Vaporeon, but the only Insider play tip we have so far is that the lobby of the King County […]

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