A message from the Newport News Fire Department...
As the start to a new school year is just a few weeks away, the Newport News Fire Department is encouraging residents to be extra vigilant on the roads. Children and bus drivers will soon be traveling to and from school every day and drivers should be prepared. Start getting in the habit of leaving earlier in the mornings to avoid rushing and endangering others and be extra aware of your surroundings. According to SAFEkids.org, every day 44 kids are hit by a car while walking in the United States. That’s 16,000 kids hit by a car every year.
To help ensure child safety this school year, be sure to follow these helpful tips.
- Teach young children to look left, right, left before crossing the street and remind them to continue looking until safely across.
- Put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the street. It is particularly important to reinforce this message with teenagers.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths when possible and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.
- If children are biking to school, make sure they wear a helmet that is the right fit and are aware of the rules of the road.
- When riding a school bus, visit the school’s website for bus rules and safety tips.
- NEVER pick up any strange items found lying on the ground.
For more information on back to school fire safety contact the Newport News Fire Department’s Public Education Coordinator, Lisa King at 247-2332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.