September 10, 2013 |

Keep children safe as they go back to school

With summer coming to an end and the start of the school year just around the corner, Lake Stevens Fire and Safe Kids Snohomish County remind parents and drivers to do their part to keep children safe as they go back to school.

Parents should be proactive and take the time to talk about safety with their children before they head back to school. Walk the route to school with children before the start of the year to assess hazards and select a course with the least number of traffic crossings.

Adults can teach and model the following safety behaviors that all children should follow, even if they don’t walk to school every day:

Simple Reminders for Drivers: Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones.

Take extra time to look for children 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.

Reminders for Children: Cross the street with an adult until you are at least 10 years old.

Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars.

Always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see you.

Lake Stevens Fire and Safe Kids Snohomish County wish you a safe and successful school year.

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