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Gun sellers join forces to curb suicide-by-firearm, rampant in rural areas

Gun sellers join forces to curb suicide-by-firearm, rampant in rural areas

Across the country, suicide rates are higher in rural areas than in urban centers. In 2015, rural communities saw 19 people per 100,000 kill themselves, compared with 11 per 100,000 in urban areas, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s injury statistics database.

August 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five reasons why hot weather raises health alarms

Five 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, 911 calls, and, sadly, deaths. And it’s not just heat stroke and heat exhaustion: heart problems, stroke, and kidney failure are common health problems on hot days.

August 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Free child car seat checks in King County

Free child car seat checks in King County

Several free child car seat check events are happening locally over the next few months for parents, parents-to-be and caregivers. Whether this is your first time installing a car seat in preparation for the arrival of a new baby or you’ve done this many times, installing car seats correctly can be tricky.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
More states adopt ‘click it or ticket’ laws; But do they work?

More states adopt ‘click it or ticket’ laws; But do they work?

Not everyone is convinced the tougher seat belt laws reduce fatalities. And some opponents say the laws are another example of government interference and can lead to racial profiling.

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seattle Children’s offering free child car seat safety checks starting this weekend

Seattle Children’s offering free child car seat safety checks starting this weekend

Child passenger safety experts at Seattle Children’s will check your child in a car seat, booster seat or seat belt and answer any questions you may have. New and expecting parents are welcome. For more information, see the flyer (PDF) or call Seattle Children’s Car Seat Program at 206-987-5999. You’ll learn: What type of safety seat or seat […]

March 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
CDC infographic: Be ready for floods!

CDC infographic: Be ready for floods!

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
More states requiring seat belts on school buses

More states requiring seat belts on school buses

By Jenni Bergal Stateline Dawn Prescott doesn’t recall all the details of when the school bus she was riding on more than 15 years ago careened off a bridge in Omaha, Nebraska, plunged nearly 50 feet into a creek bed, and landed on its side. She was a chaperone for the high school band, which […]

March 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Should older drivers face special restrictions?

Should older drivers face special restrictions?

By Jenni Bergal Stateline By 2030, more than 60 million older adults could be driving on the nation’s roadways. But don’t expect many more states to put added restrictions on their ability to get behind the wheel. Legislatures have become increasingly reluctant to restrict driver’s licenses for seniors or impose extra requirements — such as […]

December 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Snohomish County agencies urge residents to prepare for cold weather

Snohomish County agencies urge residents to prepare for cold weather

New website offers quick tips to keep you safe and healthy this winter Get Frosty’s wardrobe ready because snowflakes are in the forecast. The Snohomish Health District, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, and Medical Reserve Corps have teamed up to provide one place for weather-related preparedness information. The newly launched site www.snohd.org/weather provides information on cold weather […]

December 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
What happens when golf carts hit the streets?

What happens when golf carts hit the streets?

By Jenni Bergal Stateline At retirement communities from California to Florida, golf carts have become a way of life. They’re energy-efficient, cheaper to buy and maintain than regular cars, and, seniors say, fun to drive. For many, they’re the main way to get from doctor’s appointments and dance classes to restaurants and shopping centers. But […]

November 14, 2016 | By | Reply More