School is just around the corner for Washington students. The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time for students, and it presents the possibility of new opportunities and learning new things. As always, making sure the school year starts off on the right foot means keeping safe amidst all the excitement.
By keeping safety in mind as you purchase school supplies and prepare children for their next year of educational adventures, you can help reduce injury risks and ensure your kids can focus on learning, fun, and making new friends as they head back to school.
Here are a few key points to consider for back to school safety.
Drive Like Your Kids Go to School Here
It’s easy to forget about school safety zones in the summer, when speed limits may not be enforced, school buses stay parked at the bus garage, and the daily hustle and bustle of the drop off and pick up are significantly reduced.
This August, start practicing safer driving in school zones before school is back in session. Put your phone away, slow down to the posted school zone speed limits, and practice scanning the area for people, cars, and traffic. By the time school begins, you’ll have built good habits that will make it easier for you to avoid an accident.
Teach Kids to Avoid Distraction (And Lead by Example)
Distracted driving has become a “hot topic” in the media – but studies show that distracted walking can be just as dangerous, especially for children and teenagers. Set rules about the use of cell phones and other devices, including headphones. For instance, teach kids and teens to put their devices away before they cross the street, to pay attention while they’re walking, and to move out of the way of people and vehicles before they stop to use their phone.
Practice Bus Safety
School buses have a significantly lower injury rate than other forms of travel to and from schools. To further reduce the risk of injury, teach kids good bus safety etiquette. Start with the following rules:
- Stay away from the road when waiting for the bus. Also, stick near the bus stop, away from alleys or other people’s private property.
- Wait until the bus stops and the door opens before approaching the bus.
- Stay in your seat on the bus and keep your belongings out of the aisle.
- Always wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before standing up.
- Wait until the bus driver signals you to cross before you cross the street in front of a bus.
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At Blado Kiger Bolan, P.S., we know that nothing is more important than the safety and happiness of your family. That’s why our Washington personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients secure the compensation they deserve after an accident, so that you can focus on healing from your injuries and spending time with those you love.
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