NKF&R welcomes a new year

Kingston Prepares update

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue has joined with Kingston-NK Rotary, Kingston Citizen Advisory Council, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce and Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management to bolster our communities’ level of preparedness for disasters large and small. We’ve already met with the other steering committee members to plan our follow-up to the very successful November kick-off event. Event attendees who provided an email address have already received a message from us, outlining the next steps.

If you missed the message, let us know with an email to laboda@nkfr.org and we’ll resend it. The committee has established a web page with resources at nkfr.org/ disaster-preparedness/ and will continue to add to it.

Interested parties can send us a message to be added to a Kingston Prepares email list; we promise that we won’t overwhelm with messages but will keep the list’s members informed of new resources and upcoming disaster preparedness activities.

Leaders in neighborhoods that are organizing are invited to a Captain’s Meeting at our headquarters fire station (26642 Miller Bay Road NE near Kingston) on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Firefighters will provide refreshments and experts will provide tips on personal, family and neighborhood preparedness strategies. If you plan to attend the Captain’s Meeting, RSVP by calling us at 360-297-3619.

New child passenger safety law

Updated rules governing child restraints go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Highlights include: Children up to age 2 must be properly secured in a rear-facing car seat.

Children ages 2-4 must be properly secured in a car seat with a harness (rear or forward-facing).

Children 4 and older who are less than 4’9” tall must be secured in a booster seat with seat belt (or continue in a weight and size appropriate harness seat).

Children over 4’9” tall (typically starting at 8 – 12 years old) must be secured in a properly-fitting seat belt.

Children up to age 13 must ride in the back seat unless impractical to do so.

Consider attending our free monthly child passenger safety check at our headquarters station on the second Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to verify that your children are riding both safely and legally.

Happy holidays to you and yours; best wishes for a safe and healthy new year. Check out our website for more information to help you and your family achieve those goals.

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