Wearing a helmet and bright colors while riding a bike helps prevent injury during our busy and active summer.
June is National Safety Month and as we enjoy the warmth and sun of the summer months, remember to be safe! The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health reports unintentional injuries are the third leading cause of death in Alaska.
Kids don’t float. Wear a properly-fitted life jacket when boating or around water.
Buckle up. Make sure car seats are properly fitted and correctly installed. Visit your local fire department for assistance or the Center for Safe Alaskans.
Be visible. If walking or biking near the road, wear clothes that can easily be seen by drivers.
Respect the environment. Wildlife can be aggressive when surprised or threatened. Stay alert and respect their space.
Helmets save lives. Always wear a helmet when biking or riding an ATV. The Center for Safe Alaskans provides free reflective tape for bikers, walkers, joggers, or anyone who spends time outside and wants to safely be seen.
Share your plans. Alaska is a great place for adventure, but make sure someone knows your planned routes and timelines.
Be prepared. Weather changes in Alaska can be quick and drastic. Travel with appropriate clothing, gear, and food.
Remember: safety should be a top priority as we enjoy our favorite activities. It is important to take the extra time to ensure safety and that we all look out for each other during Alaska’s short summer season.