Back To School Safety Tips

Back To School Safety Tips

As summer draws to a close and children start heading back to school, family life can get pretty hectic.  It's important to remember and share with your children some key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy throughout the school year.

Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is vitally important that they and the motorists around them take proper safety precautions.

Walkers:

  • Walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic

  • Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming

  • Never dart out in front of a parked car 

  • Parents: Practice walking to school with your child, crossing streets at crosswalks when available

  • Never walk while texting or talking on the phone

  • Do not walk while using headphones

Bike riders:

  • Always wear a helmet that fits properly

  • Children need to know the rules of the road: Ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across

  • Watch for opening car doors and other hazards

  • Use hand signals when turning

  • Wear bright-colored clothing

Slow Down:  Back to school means sharing the road. 

It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present, especially before and after school.  According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they're walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe: 

  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic

  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection

  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign

  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas

  • Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way

  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians

  • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Let’s have an awesome, and safe school year.


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