As pedestrians, children are often at great risk of injury for both their small size and lack of experience with traffic rules. Further, pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Before your child walks off to his friend’s house, be sure to check out these reminders from Safe Kids Worldwide, and talk to him openly about the dangers for pedestrians.
1) Talk to your kids about how to be safe while walking. It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
2) Teach kids at an early age to put down their devices and then look left, right and left again when crossing the street. Be a good role model and do the same.
3) Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10.
4) Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach them to never run or dart out into the street, or cross between parked cars.
5) When driving, be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones and be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly.
For more child safety and health tips, go to choc.org/health.
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