Parents, share these safety tips with your children.
- Do not cross the street alone if you are younger than age 10. Walk with others when possible.
- Never play in the road.
- Always try to walk on paths or sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks or paths, walk facing road traffic.
- Look both ways for danger before, and while crossing the street.
- Walk, do not run.
- Dress in bright colors or wear reflective materials so drivers can easily see you.
- Riding the Bus
- Always remain 10 steps away from the bus as it approaches and leaves the bus stop, to be out of the “Danger Zone.” Make sure the bus driver can see you.
- Always cross the street in front of the bus. Never cross behind the bus.
- Walk to the bus stop and stay on the sidewalk.
- Arrive at the bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- While at the bus stop, wait in a safe place away from the road. Do not run and play while waiting.
- Never speak to strangers at the bus stop, and never get into a car with a stranger. Always go straight home after school and check in. Tell your parents if a stranger tries to talk to you.
- When the bus arrives, watch for red flashing lights & the stop sign to be extended before crossing the street. Cross only when all traffic has stopped.
Look left, right, and left again before crossing.
- Every person needs his or her own seat belt. Do not let passengers ride in storage areas or on other people’s laps. Always buckle up!
- Children should always ride in a back seat, restrained in a car seat or safety belt.
- Infants should ride in rear-facing car seats until they weigh 20 lbs & are at least 1 year old.
- Children over 1 year old & weighing between 20 & 40 lbs should ride in forward-facing car seats.
- Children over forty pounds should use booster seats restrained with a lap & shoulder belt until they are 4’9″ tall. A regular safety belt won’t fully protect a child this size in a crash.
- All children & adults weighing over 80 lbs should use an adult safety belt. It’s the law.