Zoo to host Safe Kids Day - May 2

April 27, 2015 - 1:27pm

Zoo teams up with Safe Kids Portland Metro to educate kids, families on safe play

For kids, summer is traditionally a time for play, with activities like swimming, skateboarding and riding bikes. To make sure the risk of injuries doesn’t rise with the temperatures, some simple safety measures can help.

On Saturday, May 2, the Oregon Zoo will team up with Safe Kids Portland Metro, led by American Medical Response, to host its 17th annual Safe Kids Day at the zoo. This year’s theme is “Let’s Play,” and activities 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

Ten stations around the zoo will make up a “safety safari,” with games for kids and safety information for the whole family. Every child who completes the safari receives a safety-related prize.

Prizes for kids include six bicycles and scooters, which will be raffled off, and free bike helmets for the first 500 kids, courtesy of AMR, Clackamas County Safe Communities Program, Col-Tab, D’Amore Law Group, the Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center, Operation Lifesaver, Legacy Health’s Trauma Nurses Talk Tough program, Nocturnal i, ODOT, Safe Kids Oregon and Safe Kids Washington County.

The mission of Safe Kids is to protect kids from falls, car crashes, poison, drowning and other accidental injuries. In the United States, nearly 9 million children are treated for injuries in emergency departments each year. These are often serious injuries that can affect them for a lifetime. Safe Kids Portland Metro has been helping prevent injuries to Portland-area kids for 19 years.

Partners include American Medical Response, Clackamas County Safe Communities, Ceasefire Oregon, the City of Portland, Doernbecher 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.