Playing it safe: Oregon Zoo to host 'Safe Kids Day,' May 5

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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 5, the Oregon Zoo will team up with Safe Kids Portland Metro, led by American Medical Response, to host its 20th 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

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 900 participants, courtesy of Providence Children's Health, a new sponsor this year. Kids, parents and caregivers with a completed passport are also eligible for a bike helmet.

Sixteen bicycles and scooters will be raffled off and other fun safety-related prizes are available thanks to AMR, Clackamas County Drive to Zero, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center, Operation Lifesaver, Legacy Trauma Nurses Talk Tough, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Poison Center, Portland Parks & Recreation, Safe Kids Portland Metro, Safe Kids Washington County, ThinkFirst Oregon at OHSU, TriMet and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

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 Drive to Zero, Ceasefire Oregon, the City of Portland, Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center, Legacy Health Systems, Operation Lifesaver, Legacy Oregon Burn Center, the Oregon Poison Center, Oregon Child Development Coalition, the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Transportation, ThinkFirst Oregon at OHSU, 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 safekidsoregon.org.

The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
 
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
 
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

Media contact: 

Hova Najarian | 503-220-5714 | hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org

Kelsey Wallace | 503-220-5754 | kelsey.wallace@oregonzoo.org