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Child Safety Tips

A Guide For Parents

REMEMBER, while very few children are actually at risk, you should not allow your child to become vulnerable to risks that can be avoided.

The following tips will not completely protect your child, however, they will increase the level of awareness.

This page has been designed to present the information to your children in a non-threatening manner; please adopt this style as you discuss personal safety with your child. Remember to teach your children according to their age and ability to understand.

A Parent's Guide To Your Child's Personal Safety.

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Child Sexual Abuse

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When You Talk To Your Child About Sexual Abuse, Always Tell Them
If You Suspect Your Child Has Been Abused, Let Your Child Know

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A Child Is Missing

A What - To - Do Checklist For Parents
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The Backseat Is The Safest Seat For All Children

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 5 to 15 years old. A study by the National Highway Traffic Administration concluded children are safer riding in the backseat.

Airbags are lifesaving devices, but special precautions must be taken when driving children in air-bagged equipped vehicles. Children risk injury if they are unbelted, improperly belted or otherwise too close to the dashboard when an airbag inflates. To play it safe, always buckle children in the backseat.

If a child must ride in the front seat, or the vehicle does not have a backseat, move the seat as far back as possible from the dashboard and make sure the child is buckled properly.

Never place rear-facing infant safety seats in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger-side airbag. The back of the safety seat in this position is too close to the inflating airbag and the infant could be killed or seriously injured.

Bicycle Safety

Be protected -- Always wear an approved bicycle helmet. Adult cyclists as well as children receive serious and sometimes fatal head injuries. 75% of cycle-related fatalities are due to head injury. Statistics show that 95% of the children in the U.S. own and ride a bicycle and 80% of the crashes involving children under 15 years old are caused by the children themselves. Wearing an approved bicycle helmet reduces head injuries by 85%.

Be visible -- Smart cyclists make themselves easy to see. If you are out after dark or in fog or rain, make sure motorists can see you. Use lights, reflectors and reflective tape. A bell or horn is also a good idea. Wear light or bright colors like red, white or yellow. Put an extra bit of reflective tape on the pedals. Wear reflective bands on your wrists and ankles or on the front and back of your jacket.

Obey all traffic signs and signals -- Signs and Signals are posted to protect your life and the lives of others. They must be obeyed.

Ride with traffic -- Remember-you must not ride in the middle of the road, or on the left-hand side, or weave your bike from side to side. Always be very careful when you pass parked cars. Thoughtless motorists sometimes open doors on the traffic side, right in your path. Be alert.

Ride single file on the street -- Always ride one behind the other. Do not follow too closely. Keep at least one bike length behind the cyclist ahead in case you have to stop suddenly.

Stop before riding into the street from your driveway or a lane -- Motorists may not have time to see you if you pop out suddenly.

Always walk your bike at busy corners -- It's impossible to see in all directions at once. Traffic is tricky at corners, so the safest thing to do is to dismount and walk your bike across with the pedestrians.

Never ride two on a bicycle -- Unless you have a tandem bicycle your bike was built to carry only one person. Never carry passengers on the handlebars, crossbar or seat.

No " trick riding" on streets or highways -- Trick riding on the streets, roads or highways isn't smart-it's dumb. Good cyclists don't have to show off.

Lock your bicycle -- When leaving your bicycle in a school yard, shopping plaza or other location, make sure you lock your bicycle to avoid it being stolen. Lock it with a sturdy lock or lose it!


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