Safety awareness for kids walking to school

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Does your child walk to school and know how to do so safely? It’s come up as Wednesday is International Walk to School Day.

Triena Laresen, a coordinator with Safe Kids Adams County, said if kids don’t know safety rules, they shouldn’t be walking alone. She said children should wear bright reflective clothing, use crosswalks, and obey traffic signs. If there are no sidewalks, walk on grassy areas or not at all.

“To make sure that kids are aware and parents are aware, that even when there’s not a safe walking path, on how to be safe,” said Larsen. “Last thing we want is anyone in our community to be hit by a car. It can happen within a couple of seconds. If a child darts out in between two cars, it’s just that reaction time. Most likely that child is faster than the car stopping.”

Larsen said with Halloween around the corner now is a perfect time to review safe walking tips with your child.

RESOURCES:
Tips for Walking Safely to School
Tips for Parents and Other Adults For Teaching Pedestrian Safety to Children

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