Friday, August 10, 2012

Back to School the Safe Way: Family Safety Tips for the Start of the School Year

Written by Kellee Tyrone, volunteer contributor

At the risk of stating the obvious, it has truly been a scorcher this summer, and the long stretch of heat we come to expect this time of year is just getting started. Although temperatures continue to rise, the season quickly turned and Back to School advertisements are meeting you at the door of every local department store.

As you search the aisles for school supplies, shoe sales and designer jeans, take a moment to also make sure you are getting your child ready for a successful year with these safety tips!

You can even pin these helpful tips to your child's book bag or hang them on the fridge for a more visual reminder.

Children walking to school should remember to choose light weight clothing to stay cool, as well as a pack sufficient amount of water to quench their thirsts during their walk home. Children who walk home should be reminded to avoid contact with strangers, and to never get in the car with anyone, even if they are familiar.

Car Riders
Children often have lunch during the early part of the school day, therefore providing a snack in the car is very appropriate and helps make sure children have the energy they need for homework or after school activities. Running errands after school is very common for riders, so please consider that these little learners may be famished during this time. Always remember to buckle up!

Bike Riders
Always have your child wear a bike helmet and make sure there is reflective gear on the bicycle. Helmets save lives!

Home Alone
A large portion of children arrive home before their parents due to work schedules. Be sure to provide all emergency numbers in an appropriate place near a telephone in the home. Also, be sure that your kids understand the importance of reacting during a moment of crisis by knowing how to contact local law enforcement, multiple exits from the home in case of emergency and where the home preparedness kit is.

A great way to make sure that a home with small children is prepared for disasters is to become a CPR/First Aid trained parent. You never know when a child will need life saving skills performed on them, and whether it is your child or someone elses, being trained in CPR and First Aid allows you to bring that service to your family and community. To sign up for this vital training with the Red Cross in your area, click here.

So as summer turns to fall, and the kiddos return to school, please remember to sit down as a family to discuss scheduling, good school behavior, and, of course, safety!

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