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the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.

3 Walk the route with your child before-

Protect Your Family BACK TO SCHOOL SAFTEY Summer is almost over, and students will be heading back to school this month. When school safety is mentioned, most parents usually think about the surge in violence at schools in America. However, research shows that school-age children are actually 9 times more likely to sustain an unintentional injury — on the playground or in school — than to be the victim of violence while at school. In fact, an estimated 2.2 million children, ages 14 and under, are injured in school-related accidents each year, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. Accidents can be prevented! Both parents and educators should keep a lookout for potential hazards. When discovered,

hand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.

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1 Be sure that your child knows his or her

home phone number and address, your work number, the number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.

2 Plan a walking route to school or the

bus stop. Choose the most direct way with

obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.

7 If your child rides a bike to school,

make sure he wears a helmet that meets one of the safety standards (U.S. CPSC, Snell, ANSI, or ASTM). Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.


Teach children to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street, watch for cars and avoid the driver’s blind spot.

11 Remind your children to stay seated

at all times and keep their heads and arms inside the bus while riding. When exiting the bus, children should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop. Exit from the front, using the handrail to avoid falls, and cross the street at least 10 feet (or 10 giant steps) in front of the bus.

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up your kids as close to the school as possible. Don’t leave until they are in the schoolyard or building.

DISCLAIMER - Nothing in this informational public service article should be construed as giving legal advice and should not be acted upon without first consulting an attorney. Also, this article should not be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship.


make sure he or she wears sturdy shoes, a helmet, kneepads and elbow pads. Children under age 12 should not ride motorized scooters, according to recent recommendations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

driving kids around remind them 4 Teach your child never to talk to strang- 9to When “buckle up.” Try to drop off and pick

ers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your by Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr. children don’t know well or don’t trust. these hazards should immediately be re Be sure your child walks to and from ported to the proper authority, that they school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor. may correct the hazardous condition. Being proactive is always better than being Teach your kids — whether walking, reactive. biking, or riding the bus to school — to The following are some reminders and safety tips published by SAFE KIDS, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

8 If your child rides a scooter to school,

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