Friday, August 7, 2009

Safety tips for getting kids to and from school

With school just around the corner for many (and for some it has already started)it's time to talk to your children to provide them with a reminder regarding safety as they travel to and from school.

The following information is provided by Daniel Valenzuela located at

Question: What safety tips do you advise now that kids are heading back to school?

Answer: It is important for families to take a few minutes to discuss travel safety tips. Here are just a few from the Glendale Fire Department as the new school year begins:

Walking to school

• Make sure your child's walk to school is a safe route with crossing guards at every intersection.

• If your child is walking to a new school, make sure he or she is familiar with the route. This may require walking with the child for the first week.

• Bright-colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.


• Make sure your child always wears a bicycle helmet.

• Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.

• Respect traffic lights and stop signs


• All passengers should wear seat belts

• Many crashes occur while novice teen drivers travel to and from school. The number of passengers should be limited. Parents should talk with your teen driver about distractions, such as eating, drinking and cell phone use, including texting while driving.

School bus

• If your child's school bus has seat belts, make sure your child uses them at all times.

• Do not move around on the bus.

• Use designated bus stop to board and exit the bus at school and near your home


For additional information contact:

Alan L. Morton
1005 North Eighth Street
Post Office Box 420
Boise, ID 83701-0420
Telephone: 208.344.5555
Toll Free: 866.946.1669 (866.WIN.1.NOW)
Facsimile: 208.342.2509

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