Send your children back to school safely

As summer draws to a close and children start heading back to school, it’s important to share some key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy throughout the school year.

Walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic. Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming. Never dart out in front of a parked car. Never walk while texting, talking on the phone or wearing headphones.

Bike riders should always wear a helmet that is fitted and secured properly.  Teach your children the rules of the road. Ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across. Watch for opening car doors and other hazard. Use hand signals when turning. Wear bright-colored clothing.

Teach children the proper way to get on and off the bus. Line up two metres away from the curb as the bus approaches. If seat belts are available, buckle up. Wait for the bus to stop completely before standing. Do not cross in front of the bus if possible, or walk at least three metres ahead until you can see the other drivers.

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