Rhode Island Red Cross Offers Back-To-School Safety Tips

Red Cross Offers Back-To-School Safety Tips
While your family settles back into its school-year routine, take a minute to review the following safety tips to prepare for the school year ahead.

As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges parents to consider safety as their children head back to school. While your family settles back into its school-year routine, take a minute to review the following safety tips to prepare for the school year ahead.

Whether your children walk to school, ride the bus or travel by car, these tips will ensure that they get to and from school safely.

  • Carry all loose belongings in a bag or a backpack.
  • Never reach under the school bus to get anything that has rolled or fallen beneath it. The bus driver may be sitting too high up to see you.
  • After getting off the bus, move immediately onto the sidewalk and out of traffic.
  • Wait for a signal from the bus driver before crossing the street.
  • Never walk alone—always travel with a buddy.
  • When riding a bike, 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.
  • Walk your bicycle across all intersections.
  • Avoid ill-fitting clothing that could get caught in spokes or pedals or restrict movements, and always wear reflective colors to make you more visible to street traffic.
  • When traveling in a car, all passengers should wear a seatbelt.
  • Read your car’s manual for safety precautions which specifically relate to the car and its airbags.
  • Remind teenagers to take extra precautions if they are driving to school or riding with another teenage driver.
  • The start of a new school year is also a good time to assess how prepared you are at home. Being prepared for possible emergencies is crucial at home, school and work, and could save a life.

  • Get a kit: Families that have an emergency kit will feel empowered to not only help themselves in a disaster or emergency, but may also be prepared to help a friend, family member or neighbor in need. The Red Cross recommends that your kit contain supplies such as bottled water, nonperishable food, first aid supplies and medications to last your family for three days.
  • Make a plan: The Red Cross recommends developing and practicing an evacuation and communications plan. Each person should know how to reach family members and where to meet if you can’t go home. Families should also choose an out-of-state relative or friend as an emergency contact.
  • Be informed: The Red Cross suggests that families learn about what types of disasters or emergencies are most likely to occur where you live, work and play. Download our First Aid App, packed with great information and tools to help you prepare and respond to emergencies.
  • Get Trained: First aid and CPR courses are a vital component of disaster preparedness, and could help you save a life in an emergency. Babysitter Training is a great way to help children safely care for themselves or younger siblings after school or to launch a high school job opportunity. To learn more or register for a class, please visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
  • About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.