Back to School Safety Information & Tips
Here are some helpful tips for making every school year one to remember for the right reasons.
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Five- to nine-year-old pedestrians are more likely to be injured in collisions at mid-block crossings, but to 10- to 14-year-old pedestrians are more likely to be injured at intersections. More on back to school pedestrian safety.
A pedestrian has a 90% chance of surviving a collision if the vehicle is going 30 km/h; those odds drop to only 50% if the vehicle is going 45 km/h. More on speed and road safety.
- Slow down. Unless the sign says otherwise, the speed limit in school zones is 30 km/h between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. A vehicle travelling 30 km/h on clear roads needs 18 meters to come to a complete stop; more if the road conditions or weather conditions are poor.
- Expect the unexpected. Watch for children walking on medians, roadways and curbs; and be cautious when approaching intersections. Until about eight years of age, it’s difficult for children to assess whether a vehicle is moving or not.
- Err on the side of caution. Think twice before passing a stopped car, they may be yielding for a pedestrian that you can’t see.
- Leave your phone alone. It’s illegal for drivers to hold, operate, communicate or watch the screen of a hand-held electronic device, including sending or receiving text messages, e-mail or entering GPS location.
Pedestrians & Cyclists:
- Use crosswalks whenever possible. When walking or cycling with your kids to and from school, choose a route that has the least amount of street crossings, and where possible, choose intersections with a pedestrian crossing light or a marked crosswalk.
- See eye to eye. Always look left and right and then left again before crossing a street, and make eye contact with drivers so you know they’ve seen you.
- Don’t text and walk. Stay unplugged and leave gadgets in backpacks when walking or cycling to and from school so you can see, hear and respond safely to what’s going on around you.
- Be seen. When walking and biking, wear high visibility clothing or use high visibility accessories.
- Talk to the hand. Use hand signals when riding a bike and always wear a properly fitted CSA approved bike helmet when riding…it’s the law.
- More road safety tips from ICBC for pedestrians.
- What’s my address? Make sure younger children know their home address and the phone number of at least one parent or guardian.
- Password please. Create a secret password with your child and tell them not to go anywhere with someone who doesn’t know the password.
- Check-in. If you’re not home when your child gets back from school, have them check in with you wherever you are.
- Safety in numbers. If you’re not walking your child to school, set them up with a buddy.
- More personal safety tips.
- Don’t overshare. Don’t share personal or private information online. You never know where it will end up.
- Think before you post. Friends come and go, but texts and tweets are forever.
- See something, say something. If you see something that doesn’t seem right or makes you uncomfortable, tell a teacher, parent or another trusted adult.
- Don’t go alone. Talk to your parents or a trusted adult before arranging an in-person meeting with someone you’ve know online. If you do set up a meeting, do it in a public place and don’t go alone.
- Be a good digital citizen. If you see an embarrassing or insulting message, image or video posted, don’t pass it on. You have a responsibility to not hurt or mistreat others by what you create and share. Have a conversation about what your rights and responsibilities are online.
- More tips on online safety.
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