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Pull to the Right

Each day emergency vehicles respond to urgent requests from the public. The call may be for a person that has stopped breathing, a fire alarm, or a car accident. It is the concern of all Emergency Services that response time for services be minimized. Precious minutes lost while en route to an emergency could be the difference between life and death. When you see or hear an emergency vehicle, pull to the right, safely and quickly!

Medical Transportation

Metro West Ambulance offers a variety of medical transportation services. Please call Metro West for transportation information at 503-648-6656. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.



BIKE SAFETY TIPS

  • Always wear a bike helmet, even if you are going for a short ride.
  • Your bike helmet should fit you properly - you don’t want it too small or too big.
  • Riding a bike that is the right size for you also keeps you safe.
  • Wear bright clothes and put reflectors on your bike so people on the road can see you.
  • Ride on the right-hand side of the street, so you travel in the same direction as cars do. Never ride against traffic.

CAR SEAT SAFETY

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe while riding in a vehicle.

Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes but proper car seat use can keep children safe. The type of seat your child needs depends on several things including age, size and type of vehicle. 

Tips for Car Seat Safety

  1. Be a good role model and make sure you always wear your seat belt. This will help your child form a lifelong habit of buckling up.
  2. Avoid used seats if you don’t know the seat’s history.
  3. Never use a car seat that is too old, has damage or missing parts, or doesn’t come with instructions and a label with manufacture date.

CHOKING

Choking is an emergency. Call 911 emergency medical services. Do not attempt to drive a choking person to a hospital emergency department.

It is best not to do anything if the person is coughing forcefully and not turning a bluish color. Ask, "Are you choking?" If the person is able to answer you by speaking, it is a partial airway obstruction. Someone who cannot answer by speaking and can only nod the head has a complete airway obstruction and needs emergency help.

The treatment for a choking person who begins to turn blue or stops breathing varies with the person's age. In adults and children older than one year of age, abdominal thrusts should be attempted. This is a thrust that creates an artificial cough. If you are in doubt about what to do, and you are witnessing someone choking, call for emergency help immediately, do not delay.

POISON SAFETY

Parents must always be watchful when household chemicals or medications are used in the home. Always take care when using any chemical in the home and make sure that all chemicals and medications are kept out of reach of children and in a locked cabinet.

If you think someone has been poisoned from medicine or a household chemical, call 1-800-222-1222 for your Poison Control Center. This national toll-free number works from anyplace in the U.S. 24-hours-a- day, 7-days-a-week.


FALLS

A fall can change your life. If you're elderly, it can lead to disability and a loss of independence. Everyone is at risk of falls and there are several things you can do to prevent falls in your own home:

  • Secure loose rugs
  • Make sure handrails near stairs are secure
  • Make sure electrical cords are not located in walking areas
  • Make sure outdoor decks receive proper care
  • Never walk across a floor when it is wet
  • If you have young children at home, make sure you block off stairs with properly secured baby gates

FIREARM SAFETY

If you own a gun for sport or protection, your child should not have access to it. Keep all guns and ammunition out of reach. Store them separately in locked cases, with trigger locks on the guns. Even if you don't have a gun at home, talk to your child about gun safety.

Your child's friends may have guns in their homes, or your child may come across a gun elsewhere. Make sure he or she knows what to do.

Remember to:

  • Keep guns unloaded.
  • Always keep guns in a locked cabinet
  • Tell kids if they find a gun:
    • Stop
    • Don't Touch
    • Leave the Area
    • Tell an Adult