Playing it safe: Oregon Zoo to host 'Safe Kids Day,' May 4

May 3, 2019 - 9:18am
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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 4, the Oregon Zoo will team up with Safe Kids Portland Metro, led by American Medical Response, to host its 21st annual Safe Kids Day at the zoo. 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 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and are free with zoo admission

Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran and Portland Police bike officers will be on hand to help raffle off bicycles at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., respectively.

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 bike helmets for the first 500 participants, courtesy of AMR, Ceasefire Oregon, Community Cycling Center, Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center, Legacy Trauma Nurses Talk Tough, Operation Lifesaver, Oregon Burn Center, Oregon Poison Center, Oregon Zoo, Portland Fire and Rescue, Portland Parks and Recreation, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Safe Routes to School (Multnomah), Safe Kids Washington County, Stop at 4 Committee, ThinkFirst Oregon at OHSU and Washington County Bikes.

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 20 years. Communities throughout Oregon have planned safety events during the spring and summer. To find out more, visit safekidsoregon.org.