Back to School Safety Tips
August 8, 2017
It’s that time of year again! The kids are heading back to school. Whether you feel relieved, or anxious, you can put your mind at ease by making safety a top priority. Review these tips with your kids to help keep them safe on the way to and from school.
Walking to School
Approximately 16,000 kids get hit by a car in the US every year. Teach your child to walk safely, pay attention, and to avoid distractions. Screens (cell phones, tablets, smart watches, etc.) should be put away while walking.
Children should not walk between parked cars, or areas where it could be difficult for drivers to see them. It’s not recommended that children under the age of 10 cross the street alone.
Teach your kids to stop before reaching the street, and look both ways before crossing. Your child should understand how to read traffic signs and hand signals before walking to school alone. Tell them to wait to cross the street until drivers have acknowledged them and given them the signal that it is OK for them to cross.
If your child rides a bike, check to make sure it is in working order and the correct size. Have them wear safety helmets that fit correctly.
Riding the Bus
Kids are three times as likely to be killed in a school bus accident while getting on or off the bus. Advise children to stand back until the driver opens the door.
Driving to School
Always make sure that everyone in the car is buckled up and remains buckled up until it’s time to exit the vehicle. Be a good example and wear your own seat belt. Kids learn by example and often imitate their parent’s actions.
If your kids are still in car seats, be sure to follow the state guidelines for their seats. Using car seats correctly can reduce the risk of death by 71 percent.
Follow the school drop-off and pick-up policies. If your child needs to cross the street to get to you when you’re picking them up, try to meet them on their side of the street and walk them safely across if there is not a crossing guard there to walk with them.
Slow down while driving and avoid distractions. School aged children are unpredictable. Be on high alert when traveling through a school zone. Our industry reminds our employees to GOAL – Get Out and Look. It applies just as much here as it does in the construction industry. Looking twice, protects lives.
The speed limit within school zones should be 20 MPH. The chances of inflicting serious injury, or a fatality occurring, decreases significantly at 20 MPH and below. If your child’s school does not have a 20 MPH speed zone, you should contact the Department of Transportation to see about getting the speed limit changed.