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Tips to Keep Your Family Safe During Parades

Tips to Keep Your Family Safe During Parades

BreeAnn  Silcox, Bear River Health Department Summer brings the opportunity to attend many parades throughout Cache Valley. Most towns in the Valley hold at least one parade during the summer. Safe Kids Bear River wants to remind families that while parades are fun...

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Road Trip Checklist

Road Trip Checklist

Courtesy of Discount Tire & Automotive Before any road trip it is imperative to check these items. Having a good time can only happen when everyone arrives happy and safe. Car Maintenance  Check tires for wear: Never drive long distances on low-wearing tires Check...

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Firework Safety

Firework Safety

Craig Humphreys, Logan City Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Summer's arrival means it is time for family gatherings and celebrations that often include fireworks. They are fun, but each July thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using...

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Prevent Injuries in Young Athletes

Prevent Injuries in Young Athletes

BreAnn Silcox, coalition coordinator, Safe Kids Bear River As temperatures increase, so does the amount of time that children spend playing spring sports. The number of sports-related injuries can also increase. Every day, 3,400 children sustain a sports injury severe...

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Break the Habit of Distracted Driving

Break the Habit of Distracted Driving

Josh Timothy, community liaison, Cache County Sheriff’s Office You are on your way home from work, and you hear that familiar tone. You know that you shouldn’t text and drive, but it is probably your spouse asking you to pick up something from the store on your way...

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Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

from the Bear River Health Department The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year for your little ones, but it’s also a time when kids can be at risk for injuries. Safe Kids Bear River recommends the following tips to stay safe during the...

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Tips for a Safe and Spooky Halloween

Tips for a Safe and Spooky Halloween

from the Cache County Sheriff's Office Boys and girls of every age enjoy the treats that come with Halloween, and most love a good scare too! But not when it comes to child safety. Safe Kids Worldwide shares some easy and effective behaviors that parents can share...

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Step Forward with Safe Routes to School

Step Forward with Safe Routes to School

Karlie Mitchell, community health educator, Bear River Health Department Walking to school is good for a child’s body. It contributes to up to two thirds of the recommended amount of daily physical activity. Walking or biking to school is also a fun and great way to...

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Fireproof Your Family

Fireproof Your Family

Shay Smith, contributing writer Only half of all parents believe their kids would know what to do in case of a fire — and even fewer have ever practiced an escape plan, according to the United States Fire Administration (USFA). Here are three tips from the USFA that...

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12 Steps to Family & Community Preparedness

12 Steps to Family & Community Preparedness

Courtesy of the Division of Homeland Security 1. Have an emergency plan. Develop, maintain and practice a written, comprehensive plan detailing how an emergency will be handled, prepared for, responded to and recovered from. Ask yourself the question: “What would we...

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Creating a Family Emergency Plan

Creating a Family Emergency Plan

Emily Pugsley, health educator, Bear River Health Department Being informed is the first step to preparing for an emergency. When families know what they might face and how to survive safely, they can start planning specifics to meet their needs. The Emergency Guide,...

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Four Tips To Teach Your Kids About Emergencies

Four Tips To Teach Your Kids About Emergencies

Emily Buckley, editor-in-chief Have you ever wondered how your children would cope if there was an accident in your home and you weren’t present or able to walk them through the response? I have thought about this often, and wondered how I can effectively prepare my...

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Buckle Up: Every Ride, Every Time

Buckle Up: Every Ride, Every Time

BreeAnn Silcox, coordinator, Safe Kids Bear River Over the past five years, almost half of all people who died on Utah’s roads weren’t wearing seatbelts. Not only is it the law, but travelers are 45 times more likely to die in a crash if unrestrained. Simply put,...

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Sports Injury Prevention

Sports Injury Prevention

BreeAnn Silcox, coalition coordinator, Safe Kids Bear River Each day, 3,400 children sustain a sports injury severe enough to go to the emergency room. There are, however, many things parents, coaches and athletes can do to help prevent sports-related injuries. Safe...

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The Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

The Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

Joshua Timothy, community services liaison, Cache County Sheriff’s Office Opioid drug abuse has escalated a lot over the past few years with Utah having the seventh highest drug overdose rate in the nation. In a recent informational event hosted by the Cache County...

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Protect Your Back this Winter

Protect Your Back this Winter

Jess Jewett, MD, emergency medicine director, Cache Valley Hospital You might love winter, but if you have back problems, you probably prefer spending the colder months indoors. Not only can the harsh weather increase symptoms of arthritis, but the icy environment can...

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Moms Demand Action: Gun Safety Awareness

Moms Demand Action: Gun Safety Awareness

Kate Petersen, contributing writer Last month marked the four-year anniversary of the school shooting that took the lives of 20 students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. In an effort to help prevent gun violence among children in...

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Distracted Driving Awareness

Distracted Driving Awareness

BreeAnn Silcox, coalition coordinator, Safe Kids Bear River One in four car crashes involve a distracted driver, according to Zero Fatalities. In 2014, more than 3,000 people were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver. It only takes one second for...

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Protect Your Home During the Holidays

Protect Your Home During the Holidays

from the Cache County Sheriff's Office As cooler weather starts to roll in, families begin to celebrate the holidays by planning family gatherings, going on vacation and buying gifts for loved ones. These seasonal activities bring more opportunities and motives for...

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Stay Safe in Winter Sports

Stay Safe in Winter Sports

BreeAnn Silcox, coalition coordinator, Bear River Health Department Winter brings many outdoor activities for children to enjoy. However, winter activities such as sledding, skiing, snowboarding and skating result in thousands of injuries for children each year. The...

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