Back-to-School Safety


A weekly article that will offer information concerning the Kilgore Fire Department and provide safety tips for home and family.

As summer comes to an end and children begin starting to school, it is important to remember share safety tips with your children and friends to keep them safe. Whether children walk, ride thier bicycles or take a school bus to school, it is important that they and the motorists around them take safety precautions.

• Walk on the sidewalk and if there is not a sidewalk walk facing the traffic.
• Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right, and left again to see if vehicles are coming.
• Never dart out in front of a parked car.
• Parents should practice walking to school with your child
• If crossing the street cross at crosswalks when possible.
• Never walk while texting or talking on the phone.
• Do not walk while using headphones.

Bike Riders
• Always wear a helmet that is fitted and properly secured.
• Children need to know the rules of the road: Ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across.
• Watch for opening car doors and other hazards.
• Use hand signals when turning.
• Wear bright colored clothing.

Bus Riders
• Teach children the proper way to get on and off the bus.
• Line up 6 feet away from the curb as the bus approaches.
• Use your seatbelts.
• Wait for the bus to stop completely before standing.
• Do not cross in front of the bus if possible, or walk at lest 10 feet ahead until you can see the other drivers.

• Don’t block crosswalks.
• Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and take extra care in school zones.
• Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
• Never pass a bus loading or unloading children.
• The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus.
Thank you to our dedicated teachers in Kilgore and have a great year. Go BULLDOGS.
Stay S.A.F.F.E.,
KFD Chief Johnny Bellows

*Parts of this article was reproduced from the National Safety Council


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