Getting To School Safely
Going back to school is an exciting time of year.
Here are some safety tips:
- It’s important that they be aware of their surroundings and are alert. This means that they aren’t wearing headphones and aren’t looking at their phones.
- Always cross the street at an intersection. Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Always wait for a car to come to a complete stop before crossing. You might think they’re stopping, but that isn’t always the case.
- If your child is riding a bicycle to school, by Florida law, they must be wearing a helmet if they’re under the age of 16. Teach them to ride with the traffic and on the sidewalk if possible. They should also know the proper hand signals while bike riding.
- If your child is taking the bus to school, teach them to be seated while the bus is moving, wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before boarding, and stand a good three feet away from the bus while waiting.
- Unfortunately not all drivers obey the red stop lights of a school bus. If your child needs to cross the street when embarking and disembarking the bus, teach them to cross in front of the bus in view of the bus driver and look both ways for traffic before crossing the street.
No matter how your kids are getting to school, we want to be sure they’re getting there safely. Hopefully these tips will help get them off to a good start and safe all year.