Bike giveaways, free helmets, activities highlight importance of summer safety
You don't need superpowers to be a "safety hero" this summer. On Saturday, May 4, the Oregon Zoo will host its 15th annual Safe Kids Day, sponsored by Safe Kids Portland Metro and American Medical Response.
This year's theme, "Be a Safety Hero," will focus on simple actions that can save lives — like wearing bicycle helmets, life jackets and seat belts. Safe Kids Day activities run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are free with zoo admission
A dozen stations around the zoo will make up a "safety safari," with activities for kids and safety information for the whole family. Every child who completes the safari receives a safety-related prize. Prizes include two bicycles, which will be raffled off, and free bike helmets for the first 500 kids, courtesy of Schwinn, Clackamas County Safe Communities Program, OHSU Think First Oregon and the Think First National Injury Prevention Foundation.
Safe Kids Portland Metro has been helping prevent injuries to Portland-area kids for 18 years. Partners include American Medical Response, the Child Safety Seat Resource Center, Clackamas County Safe Communities, Ceasefire Oregon, the City of Portland, Doernbecher's Tom Sargent Safety Center, Legacy Health Systems, Operation Lifesaver, Legacy Oregon Burn Center, the Oregon Poison Center, the Oregon Health Authority, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and area fire and law enforcement agencies. Locally, AMR provides ambulance services in Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark Counties. AMR and its predecessor companies have served Portland area communities since 1913.
Communities throughout Oregon have planned safety events during the spring and summer. To find out more, visit www.safekidsoregon.org.