Back to School Safety Tips!

From The Fire Department

• While waiting for the bus, take five giant steps back from the curb until the bus has stopped completely.

• Inside the bus, stay seated at all times.

• Keep head, arms and hands inside the bus. Never throw anything out of the bus window.

• Always hold on to the bus handrails when you are getting on or off the bus so you don’t fall.

• Be careful that clothing, book bags, and key rings don’t get caught in the handrails or doors

• When getting off the bus, go to the closest sidewalk or side of the road and take five giant steps away from the bus.

• If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. If you bend over to pick it up, the bus driver may not be able to see you.

• Children under age 10 should never cross a street without a grown-up.

• Choose a safe route to school. Look for the most direct route with the fewest street crossings. • When crossing the street, stop at the curb or edge of the road.

• Look left, then right, then left again for moving cars before crossing.

• Keep looking left and right until you are safely across the street – and remember to walk, not run.

• Follow all traffic signals and markings.

• Don’t enter the street from between parked cars or from behind bushes or shrubs. Drivers might not be able to see you. If you are old enough to ride alone, plan a safe route to school and have a grown-up ride with you the first few times.

• Children under 10 should not ride on the road without a grown-up.

• Be sure that your helmet fits. It should sit even on top of the head –not rocking in any direction–and always fasten the safety strap.

• Learn the proper hand signals and use them when you turn or stop.

• Walk, do not ride your bike across the street.

• Come to a complete stop before entering driveways, paths or sidewalks, then look left, right and left again for bikes, cars or pedestrians.

• Do not ride at night.

• And last, but not least, if you are riding in a car to school the safest place to be if you are 12 years old or younger is in the back seat buckled up safely. Remember, you should be in a booster seat until you are eight years old and weigh 80 pounds.

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