Back to School Safety

August is Back to School Safety Month, and it is important for drivers to be aware of their surroundings. Whether on the road in a school zone or sharing a residential street with a school bus, residents can benefit from these tips to keep themselves and their community safe. Share our new safety graphics on Neighbors all month long.

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Back to School Safety: Sharing the Road with Pedestrians

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“August is back-to-school safety month and [Agency Name] would like to provide the residents of [City] with tips for staying safe around schools and beyond:

- Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
- In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
- Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
- Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
- Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.
- Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians"
(Source: National Safety Council)


Back to School Safety: Sharing the Road with School Buses

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“August is back-to-school safety month and [Agency Name] would like to provide the residents of [City] with tips for staying safe around schools and beyond.

- Never pass a bus from behind if it is stopped to load or unload children.
- If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
- Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

(Source: National Safety Council and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation)


Back to School Safety: Reminders for Drivers

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“August is back-to-school safety month and [Agency Name] would like to provide the residents of [City] with tips for staying safe around schools and beyond.

- Slow down and be especially alert in neighborhoods and school zones.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours.
- Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving.
- Obey school zone speed limits and follow your school's drop-off procedure.”

(Source: Safety Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.)


Back to School Safety Reminders for Bike Riders

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Sample message:

“August is back-to-school safety month and [Agency Name] would like to provide the residents of [City] with tips for staying safe around schools and beyond.

- Obey traffic laws, always wear a helmet, avoid distracted walking or riding, and never speak to strangers.
- Walkers and bikers should take safe, visible routes to school. Never let children take an alternative route without consent.
- Encourage children to walk together in groups for safety
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(Source: Institute for Childhood Preparedness & National Safety Council)


Child Safety: Heatstroke Prevention

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“August is back-to-school safety month and [Agency Name] would like to provide the residents of [City] with tips for staying safe around schools and beyond.

Never leave a child alone in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down or the air conditioning on. A child’s body temperature can rise 3 to 5 times faster than adults.

1. Look before you lock. Make it a habit to always check the back seats of your vehicle before you lock it and walk away.

2. After parking your car, lock it. Children who get inside an unlocked vehicle can become trapped.

3. Keep your keys out of reach. If a child is missing, quickly check all vehicles, including the trunk.

4. Take action! Call 911 immediately if you see a child unattended in a vehicle."

(Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration & Safe Kids Worldwide)

 

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