Fall is in the air and children all over the country are headed back to school. Family life can get pretty hectic around this time, but it’s important to remember some key safety tips that will help keep your kids safe and healthy throughout the school year.
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Getting to School Safely
Whether your child walks to school, rides their bike or takes the bus, it’s vital that they-and those around them-take proper safety precautions.
- Walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk and you must walk on the street, walk facing traffic.
- Before crossing the street, stop and look both ways twice to make sure no vehicles are coming.
- Never dart out in front of a parked car.
- Never walk while texting or talking on the phone.
- Do not walk while using headphones.
- Parents: Practice walking to school with your child, crossing streets at crosswalks when available.
- Always wear a helmet that is fitted and secured properly. Download this PDF for a How-to guide: Fitting Your Bike Helmet
- Watch for opening car doors and other hazards
- Use hand signals when turning
- Wear bright-colored clothing
- Parents: 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 or walk the bike across.
- Line up 6 feet away from the curb as the bus approaches
- If seat belts are available, buckle up
- Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before standing
- Do not cross in front of the bus if possible; or walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see other drivers.
- Parents: teach children the proper way to get on and off the bus.
- Share the road
- Don’t block crosswalks
- Yield to pedestrians and take extra care in school zones
- NEVER pass a bus loading or unloading children
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children. Stop far enough back to allow them to safely exit and enter the bus.
Information from the National Safety Council