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Q: How can I make sure my child travels to school safely?

Posted July 10, 2013 in Advice Column, Greene County

A: Walking to school:
• Review your family’s walking safety rules.
• Walk on the sidewalk. When on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
• Before you cross the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming.
• Never dart out in front of a parked car; you may not be able to see oncoming traffic.
• Practice walking to school with your child.

Riding a bicycle to school:
• Make sure your child always wears his or her helmet when leaving the house.
• Teach your children the rules of the road, traffic laws and proper bicycle safety rules.
• Ride on the right side of the road and in a single file.
• Come to a complete stop before crossing the street.

Riding the bus to school:
• Go to the bus stop with your child to teach him or her the proper way to get on and off the bus.
• Make sure your children stand six feet away from the curb.
• If your child needs to cross the street in front of the bus, he or she should walk on the side of the road until he or she is at least 12 feet ahead of the bus. Children always should be able to see the bus driver, and the bus driver should always be able to see them.

Have a happy and healthy new school year.

Information provided by Jefferson Family Chiropractic, 216 N. Wilson Ave., 515-386-3747.

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