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Back to School Safety Tips

Back to School: Part Two
Back to school season is an exciting time, but often leads to an influx of emergency room visits. In Part 1 of our back to school series, we discussed the reasons why this occurs. In Part 2, we’re giving safety tips for you and your child to help make the transition back to school as smooth and safe as possible!

Bus Safety

  • Stay at least 5 feet away from the curb at all times when waiting for the bus.
  • Always wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching.
  • Listen to the bus driver and follow any instructions they may give.


Walking

  •  Use the sidewalk whenever possible! If one is not available, walk on the edge of the street facing the approaching traffic.
  •  When crossing the street, look left-right-left before stepping out to ensure no cars are coming.
  •  Remain aware of your surroundings and don’t use electronic devices.
  •  Plan a route before school starts and never walk alone!


Biking

  • Know the rules of the road! Bikes are considered vehicles.
  • Always wear a correctly fitted helmet with a secure chin strap.
  • Never use electronic devices while biking.


Student Drivers

  • Follow the speed limit.
  • Put electronics in an inaccessible location while driving to avoid distractions.
  • Always wear a seatbelt no matter how short the trip is.


Playground Safety

  • Students should not play on equipment with drawstrings on their hoods. This reduces the chance of choking.
  • Hold onto guard rails when up high on playground equipment to avoid losing balance and falling.
  • Make sure the playground supervisors are familiar with first aid in the event that a student gets injured.

If your child is returning to school this fall, make sure you go over these basic safety tips to ensure they have a safe and happy school year! If you or your child experiences a back to school injury, schedule an appointment 24/7 with Beacon here.