Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that
they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels
Walking to school
Review your family’s walking safety rules.
Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available. When on a street with no sidewalk,
walk facing the traffic.
Before you cross the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming.Riding a bicycle to school
Never dart out in front of a parked car.
Practice walking to school with your child.
Make sure your child always wears his helmet when leaving the house.Riding the bus to school
Teach your children the rules of the road they need to know to ride their bicycles.
Ride on the right side of the road and in a single file.
Come to a complete stop before crossing the street.
Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the bus.School Safety
Make sure your children stand six feet away from the curb.
If your child and you need to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the side of the road until you are 10 feet ahead of the bus. You always should be able to see the bus driver, and the bus driver always should be able to see you.
Many school-related injuries are completely preventable. Follow these steps to ensure your
child’s safety at school.
Preventing backpack-related injuries
Chose a backpack for your child carefully. It should have ergonomically designedPreventing playground-related injuries
features to enhance safety and comfort.
Don’t overstuff a backpack; it should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of your
child’s body weight.
For example, a child that weighs 60 pounds should carry a backpack no heavier
than 12 pounds.
Ask your children to use both straps when wearing their backpack to evenly distribute
Encourage your child only to use playgrounds with a soft surface. Avoid playgrounds
with concrete, grass and dirt surfaces, as they are too hard.
Children under the age of four should not use climbing equipment and watch older
children when they’re climbing.
Do not let your children use monkey bars. They are unsafe and should not be used by
children of any age.