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Back-to-school safety tips

August marks the return of students to schools and colleges across the country. Students of all ages can enjoy a safe school year by following these safety tips.

  • Always use seat belts when riding in vehicles. Ensure younger children are in booster seats or car seats appropriate for their ages.
  • Stay seated when riding on a bus. Hold on to handrails when getting on and off a bus.
  • When waiting for a bus, stay at least five giant steps (10 feet/3meters) from the curb until the bus has completely stopped.
  • Wear a properly fitting helmet when riding bicycles.
  • Use crosswalks to cross streets. Always remember to look left-right-left before crossing. (Children under 10 should cross with the assistance of an adult.)
  • No pushing or shoving anyone when lining up or playing on school grounds.
  • When the fire alarm sounds, follow teacher directions to exit the school and go to the designated meeting place for roll call.
(Source: National Fire Protection Association via and dorm fire safetyNational Fire Protection Association statistics reveal that between 2000 and 2015, 126 people died in 89 fires that started on a college campus, or in fraternity or sorority housing, or in off-campus housing within 3 miles of a campus. The NFPA offers the following tips to help college students living on or near campus maintain a fire-safe environment.
  • Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing.
  • Dormitories or apartments should have smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least monthly.
  • Never remove batteries or disable smoke alarms.
  • Learn the buildingís evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
  • Have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
  • When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly, and stay out.
  • During a power outage, use flashlights for light, not candles.
  • Cook only where permitted and never leave cooking unattended.
  • Plug surge protectors directly into outlets, not into extension cords.
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