Seasonal Safety 

Fall and Winter

Lawn Mowers

More than 9,000 children visit an emergency room each year for a lawn mower related injury. When using a lawn mower it is important to practice safe habits to prevent an unintentional injury. Remember, a lawn mower is not a toy, not for rides, and always keep kids inside while they are in use!

Snowmobile and ATV/ORV 

All-terrain and off-road vehicles can be year-long activities. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that riders should be at least 16 years of age to operate these vehicles, as they are often too large and powerful for smaller kids to handle. Operating an ATV requires a rider to make quick decisions and shift weight. Children under 16 are unlikely to make these choices or have the skills to carry them out. Whether on private or public land follow these tips in order to have a safe ride.

ATV/ORV Operator Regulations

**An adult must have direct observation and be close enough to come to the immediate aid of a youthful ORV/ATV operator. 

Pedestrian Safety

Daylight saving time brings longer hours of darkness. Whether it’s walking to school, the park, or enjoying a walk around your neighborhood, it's important to follow these safety tips to be safe and seen: 

Fire Safety in the Home and in the Yard

As the weather gets colder and darker we see more people staying warm with outdoor and indoor fires. Permanent and portable fire pits, along with indoor fireplaces, can bring danger to your home. In order to stay safe around fires, follow these tips:

Halloween Safety

Halloween is a fun time for children to dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat delicious treats. Children are often very excited to walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating and enjoy spooky fun. Because of this, it is important to stay alert and be seen. To help ensure a fun holiday follow these tips:

Button Batteries

The small, round, flat batteries often found in toys, remote controls, and greeting cards are known as button batteries. These batteries can cause serious internal injuries and tissue burns if swallowed. Be aware of where these batteries are found and be sure to dispose of them appropriately when you no longer need them. 

Hot Cars

Never leave a child alone in a vehicle even if the windows are cracked or the air conditioning is running. Approximately 40-50 children die each year due to heatstroke after being left in a car. Heat Stroke can happen when the body temperature reaches 104 degrees. A baby’s body heats up 3-5 times faster than an adult body.

If you see a child alone in a car, call 911 immediately!

Printable Tip Sheets

Click on the links below for a free PDF copy of one of our safety tip handouts!