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American Red Cross Offers Back-to-School Safety Tips
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Monday, August 07, 2017
As summer vacations come to an end and families start readying for the new school year, the American Red Cross of Kankakee County offers tips to get everyone back to school safely.


* Line up facing the bus, not along side it.

* Do not play in the street while waiting for the bus.

* Carry all loose belongings in a bag or backpack.

* Never reach under the school bus to get anything that has rolled or fallen beneath it.

* After getting off the bus, move immediately onto the sidewalk and out of traffic. If there is no sidewalk, try to stay as far to the side of the road as possible.

* Wait for a signal from the bus driver before crossing the street. Walk at least 10 steps away from the front of the bus so the driver can see you.

* Never cross the street or play behind the school bus.



* Never walk alone-always travel with a buddy.

* Pay attention to all traffic signals and crossing guards along the way. Never cross the street against a stop light.

* Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

* Avoid ill-fitting clothing that could get caught in spokes or pedals or restrict movements.

* Wear reflective colors and material to be more visible to street traffic.

* Walk your bicycle across all intersections.



* Everyone in the car should wear a seatbelt, as they lower the risk of injury in the event of a crash by 45 percent.

* Make sure babies and young children are in safety seats at all times, and that safety seats have been properly installed.

* Read your car's manual for safety precautions specifically related to the car and its airbags.

* Remind teenagers to take extra precautions if they are driving to school or riding with another teenage driver.



Students heading off to college - perhaps for the first time - may be inexperienced at driving long distances or driving alone.  When preparing college-aged children for a long drive to school, make sure they take these precautions:



* Before packing the car, perform a simple safety check. Turn on the lights and walk around the vehicle to ensure that all lights are in working order. Also check turn signals and look for any fluid leaks.  Make sure the tires are properly inflated.

* When packing your belongings in the car, make sure you pack carefully so there is nothing blocking your view through the rear window. Check your mirrors before you leave to be sure you have an unobstructed view of the road.

* Prepare an emergency supplies kit for your vehicle and keep it in your car at all times. Include a first aid kit and manual as well as items such as a blanket, flares, a flashlight, batteries, and jumper cables.  First Aid kits may be purchased your local Red Cross.

* No matter how far you are traveling, be sure you are well rested before you leave.



* Leave early and give yourself enough time to travel at a comfortable pace.

* Should you find yourself getting tired from the drive, pull over to a rest stop or gas station to walk around and refresh yourself.

* Do not talk or send text messages on your cell phone while driving.  If you must use the phone, pull over to a safe, well-lit parking lot and place your call there or use a hands-free device.

* When driving in inclement weather such as rain storms, reduce your speed. Don't make sudden moves if the roads are wet. Applying the brakes slowly and steadily will help you keep better control of your vehicle.

* Remember to always wear your safety belt and require any passengers who ride with you to do the same.


ONE FINAL TIP: As you take action to prepare your family, remember that it is important to ask for and learn the emergency plan at your child's school.


For more information regarding Back to School and other safety tips, visit or call 815-933-2286.

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