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School Safety

Back to School
With the beginning of the school year here, please consider the following safety tips, targeted to the first-timers as well as the older students: 
  1. Review safety rules about entering and exiting the school bus, particularly when crossing lanes of traffic.

  2. Ensure book bags have reflective markings on them.

  3. It is best to remove draw strings from the neck lines of sweatshirts and jackets, as they can easily become a choking hazard. Additionally, trim other drawstrings to a length no longer than 3 inches.

  4. Ensure children wear bicycle safety helmets if they are riding bicycles to school.

  5. If you are providing transportation to school in your vehicle, ensure all passengers are secured by safety belts or properly fitting child restraints.

  6. Be aware of “School Zones” and “Bus Stops” when driving; paying special attention to the students in the roadways as well as the posted speed limits.

Part 2
These are targeted toward older children who may be alone at home from the end of the school day, until their parent or care giver arrives.

  1. Ensure there are contact numbers for the children, such as parents, older siblings and close family friends

  2. Children at home by themselves should not cook food on the stove, particularly with grease or oil

  3. Keep a spare key hidden, so children can enter the home in the event of them losing their keys

  4. Do not allow children to start fires in woodstoves or fireplaces when there are no adults in the home

  5. Ensure your children know the steps to take to call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency’

  6. Consider working with other parents and take turns sending children to a home where there is parental or age-appropriate supervision.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 09.11.2013

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