Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue: Back to School Safety tips to start the 2016-17 school year off right
By Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
It’s that time again, when Beaverton students will head back to class. There’s always a certain level of excitement on the first day of school for parents and students. And, it’s particularly important for community members with school-age children and without to help kids start the school year off safely.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is asking community members to be vigilant as school gets back in session and pay extra attention to posted speed limits in school zones, stopping when school buses’ red lights are flashing, and yielding to students in crosswalks.
Our roads will soon become even busier as school buses roll out on week days, parents drive their children to and from school, and students walk or bike to school.
Here are some helpful safety tips to ensure local students start the school year off right:
- Allow extra time to reach your destination and watch for cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, crossing guards, and school buses.
- Put the brakes on distracted driving. Don’t text, talk on the phone, eat, groom, reach for things, or do anything else that distracts you from driving. Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on driving.
- Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and off the street.
- Stay away from the bus until the driver gives a signal that it’s OK to approach.
- While riding the bus, remain seated and conduct yourself in an orderly fashion. Aisles in the bus should remain clear.
Students on Bikes:
- Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride. Oregon law requires that a helmet be worn by anyone 16 years of age or younger.
- Ride on the right (or on a sidewalk), in the same direction as traffic.
- Wear bright-colored clothing to increase visibility as days get shorter.
- Always walk your bike through intersections.
- Never cross the street against a light, even if you don’t see any traffic coming. Learn what traffic signals and signs mean.
- Walk with a parent or buddy whenever possible.
- Wear reflective material as it makes you more visible to motorists.
- Stay off the road and on the sidewalk whenever possible.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is committed to helping all of our students get to and from school safely. We encourage everyone to have a conversation with family and friends about back-to-school safety today.
For additional information and safety tips, visit www.tvfr.com.