With the new school year upon us, Safe Kids Minot offers tips on how to students can stay safe when going to school, whether they are walking, traveling by bike, or taking the bus. No matter how your kids get to school, it’s important to help make sure they are safe and prepared to make the trip. These five tips will help get you started:
Phones Down, Heads Up – When walking near and around cars, keep your heads up and be aware of your surroundings. Headphones and phones can distract pedestrians from seeing (or hearing) oncoming traffic and can result in injury.
Cross at an Intersection – When crossing the street, always be sure to cross at an intersection instead of the middle of the block. Crossing someplace other than at an intersection accounts for more than 70% of pedestrian deaths.
Wear a Helmet – When biking to school, make sure kids always wear a properly fitted helmet. Helmets are the best way to prevent head injuries and death when riding a bike.
Use Hand Signals – When biking to school, make sure kids know the ways of the road and the proper hand signals they should use while biking.
Bus Safety – If your child takes the bus to school, it’s important to talk to them about basic school bus safety to prevent injuries. Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before entering the bus and to stay three giant steps back from the bus until it stops.
For more information and tips, visit safekids.org