Good health starts where you live.
Your home and your neighborhood should be safe places to live and thrive. We have resources to educate and empower you to reduce risk and stay healthy. Keep your home and your family safe with the resources below.
Prevent injury from firearms
One third of homes in the United States have firearms. If stored or handled improperly, they can be very dangerous. Firearm violence claims the lives of nearly seven children a day across the country. In Washington, we saw 620 firearm deaths in 2013. You can prevent violence and injury by using proven firearm safety practices.
If you own a firearm:
- Always store firearms unloaded and in a lockbox, storage safe, or with a trigger lock in place.
- Store ammunition separately, in a locked location.
- Keep the keys and combinations hidden.
- Never leave an unsecured firearm unattended.
- Teach children to tell an adult if they find a firearm.
- Ask other parents if they have firearms before allowing play dates or sleepovers.
- Watch for warning signs—82% of teen suicides involve a family member's firearm.
Firearm safety resources:
- Maps of Pierce County firearm Deaths by Zip Code:
- Firearm Deaths in Pierce County Infographic.
- School Safety—Prevention information from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Suicide is a very serious and preventable public health problem. It is the tenth most common cause of death among adults, and the third most common for people between the ages of 25 to 35. We need your help to make a change—through support networks, education, and improved crisis response.
- Preventing Youth Suicide—Videos, resources, and information from www.youth.gov.
- StopBullying.gov—Identify and prevent bullying, or get help if you need it.
- Suicide Prevention—Practical tips for preventing suicide and helping those in crisis.
- Reporting on Suicide—The way we talk about suicide matters. Learn best practices to ensure your messaging is sensitive and effective.
- Project Semicolon—Your story isn't over. Get help if you are struggling with depression.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, get help now.
Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
You can also text 'Heal' to 741-741.
Opioid misuse is an epidemic. Find resources to help prevent the spread of addiction and opioid abuse:
- Secure Medicine Return—Dispose of unused medications properly to prevent misuse or accidental poisoning.
- Stop Opioid Abuse—Find out what you can do to prevent opioid misuse.
Prevent injury from sharps and syringes
Syringes are needles used to inject drugs and certain medications. They can cause injury and spread disease if disposed of improperly. Learn what to do if you find syringes or sharp objects, and find out where you can dispose of or exchange used needles:
Find other safety resources
- Food Safety Program.
- School Safety Program.
- Lead poisoning prevention.
- Washington Poison Control Center.