Marta the River Otter is back in schools with the message, ‘wear a lifejacket’

Marta the River Otter, King County’s newest water safety advocate, is back in schools this spring reminding King County students about water safety. Last week, she visited second graders from Hazelwood Elementary in New Castle. Like many of us, Marta is eager to get out and enjoy the warm weather. Marta knows rivers because they … More Marta the River Otter is back in schools with the message, ‘wear a lifejacket’

Keeping residents safe from flooding

With increased rainfall in King County during the fall and winter months, the risk of flooding in some parts of the county increases. “Flooding is a big problem in King County,” said Ken Zweig, Program Manager for River and Floodplain Management at Water and Land Resources Division. “Since 1990 we’ve had 12 presidentially declared disasters … More Keeping residents safe from flooding

Kid’s Safety Day: Dalmatians, otters and trails

School’s out and that means extra time for fun. To celebrate enjoying summer safely, we joined fire departments, police departments and safety agencies for Kids Safety Day at the Museum of Flight. More than 800 kids came out for the event at the Museum of Flight. King County Parks shared their trail safety tips with … More Kid’s Safety Day: Dalmatians, otters and trails

Marta the River Otter’s top concern is river safety

Marta the River Otter, King County’s newest water safety advocate, has been busy in schools this spring reminding King County students about water safety. Like many of us, Marta is eager to get out and enjoy the warm weather. Marta knows rivers because they are her natural habitat. She also knows how dangerous they can … More Marta the River Otter’s top concern is river safety

Marta, the River Otter, shows us the right way to wear a lifejacket

Marta, the River Otter, has been busy touring schools in King County and getting the word out about the importance of river safety. One of her favorite things to do is trying on lifejackets and showing people how to make sure that they fit. We caught up with her and made a little video of … More Marta, the River Otter, shows us the right way to wear a lifejacket

Cool off safely: wear a lifejacket

With hot temperatures expected to push well into the blistering 90s over the next couple of days in King County, Marta the River Otter is reminding folks that want to cool off in local water bodies to stay safe. Marta, King County’s newest water safety advocate, reminds us that drowning is a preventable tragedy and an important public health and public safety issue. … More Cool off safely: wear a lifejacket

Lifejackets: so stylish, so safe

Lifejackets are no longer those uncomfortable, bright orange things of yesteryear. Designed with comfort in mind, modern personal flotation devices are engineered for safety and can often mean the difference between life and death. Lifeguards from the Weyerhaeuser-King County Aquatic Center modeled lifejackets provided by REI, Northwest Outdoor Center, and Public Health – Seattle & … More Lifejackets: so stylish, so safe

Why are we wearing lifejackets to work?

Maybe you’re wondering why King County work groups are wearing lifejackets at work. Lifejackets save lives. We’re also celebrating Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day. Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day is a good excuse to have fun raising awareness around a serious issue: drowning prevention. Every year, we see preventable tragedy on the water.  … More Why are we wearing lifejackets to work?