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Risk Watch continues throughout 2012-13 school year


December 11, 2012

EvCC nursing students teach L.S. children about choking prevention.

Lake Stevens Fire will continue its Risk Watch education in elementary schools within Lake Steven Fire District boundaries throughout the 2012-13 school year. Lake Stevens Fire has formed a Risk Watch coalition in past years with the Lake Stevens Police Department and the Everett Community College (EvCC) Nursing Program and this partnership is still going strong.

Lake Stevens Fire kicked off the beginning of Risk Watch in October (Fire Prevention Month) with fire safety and prevention. Public Educator Jennye Cooper explained, “We brought Sparky’s Hazard House to demonstrate what kinds of hazards could be in the home and covered topics such as what to do if one hears the smoke alarm, having an escape plan, and knowing two ways out of every room.”

Everett Community College Nursing Students covered Choking/Strangulation/Suffocation Prevention in November. They covered topics such as putting small amounts of food in your mouth at a time, identifying toys or other items that can be choked on, and to be cautious when wearing any kind of straps (such as drawstrings from a sweatshirt, scarves, etc.).

In December, Officer Jim Barnes and Officer Robert Guertin will be in the schools with lessons that teach kids what to do if they find a gun, who they should notify, and why they should stay away from firearms.

Remaining focuses consist of falls prevention, poisoning prevention, motor vehicle safety, bike/pedestrian safety and water safety. By various agencies participating in the Risk Watch program, this allows students to hear from area experts and gain valuable knowledge to prevent injuries.


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