We’ll be blunt: Don’t get high and drive

‘Tis the season for ugly sweater parties, holiday revelry, and celebrating with friends and family! Keep the season merry for yourself and others by taking part in another important tradition: planning before you party.

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5 important tips for staying safe when cleaning areas with rodents

Some mice (deer mice, specifically) can carry hantavirus in their urine and droppings, This virus is rare, but can be potentially deadly in humans. So, if you are doing your annual spring cleaning and notice signs of infestation, take caution when cleaning it up.

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5 reasons why hot weather raises health alarms

Hot weather isn’t just uncomfortable – it can be dangerous. When temperatures are very hot in King County, we see a rise in the number of hospitalizations, Emergency Medical Service calls, and most sadly, deaths. And it’s not just heat stroke and heat exhaustion: heart problems, stroke, and kidney failure are common health problems on […]

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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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6 things you may not know about car seats: Test your knowledge!

Whether you are a seasoned parent who installs car seats often, a grandparent who pulls out the car seat from the basement when your little ones come to town, or you are expecting the arrival of a new baby, installing car seats correctly can be tricky, but Public Health is here to help. Parents and caregivers […]

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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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