Back-to-school safety tips

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According to Safe Kids USA, an estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and under are injured in school-related accidents each year. Here are some tips to help keep your children safe as they start a new year.

  1. Teach your child your phone number and home address, or make sure this information is on them at all times.
  2. Designate a trusted relative, friend or neighbor to pick your child up from school in case of an emergency, and confirm your selection with your child.
  3. Be sure your child walks to and from school with a buddy.
  4. Teach your child to obey all traffic signals and be extra careful in inclement weather.
  5. If your child bikes to school, make sure a helmet is worn at all times.
  6. Tell your child not to bend down in front of the bus (to tie his/her shoes etc) because the driver may not see him.
  7. Avoid any drawstrings on the hood, or around the neck of jackets, prevent catching in car and school bus doors, or getting caught on playground equipment.
  8. Inform teachers of any severe allergy and what to do in case your child needs medical assistance.
  9. Get to know new teachers.
  10. Talk to your kids about bullying.