School is starting tomorrow and we wanted to take a moment to review some important safety tips from the National Safety Council. These include safety measures regarding walking, biking, riding the bus and driving near schools. Please review these with your family. 

Walking 

  • Walk on the sidewalk
  • If there is not a 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

Biking

  • Always wear a helmet that is fitted and secured properly
  • 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

Riding the Bus

  • Line up 6 feet away from the curb as the bus approaches
  • If seat belts are available, buckle up
  • Wait for the bus to stop completely before standing to get off the bus
  • Do not cross in front of the bus if possible, or walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the other drivers

Driving 

  • Don’t block crosswalks
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and take extra care in school zones
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • 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 enter and exit the bus

We hope that everyone will have a safe and happy first day of school tomorrow! For more information and safety tips, please visit the National Safety Council website

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