Back-to-School Safety Tips
As summer comes to a close and children start another school year, it’s
important to keep your little ones safe. Between crossroad safety, playground
accidents, and sick nurse visits, kids often experience a variety of accidents
during their time at school. To keep your children out of harm’s
way, make sure you are ready for any situation, and teach your kids what
they need to know in order to be prepared.
School Road Safety
Whether your school uses crosswalks, a drop-off zone, or a school bus,
it’s important that your child knows the road rules. Teach your
children to always look both ways before crossing the street, and make
sure they are aware of the designated crossing areas. If your child takes
the bus, make sure they know to always wait on the curb, away from the
edge of the street. Be sure they know which bus is theirs and that they
should never take another one unless instructed by you or another trusted
adult. While school zones are always well marked and designate slower,
more cautious driving during school hours, there is no guarantee that
all drivers will listen.
Unfortunately, school areas have been known to attract potential kidnappers.
Educate your children about the dangers of people they do not know, and
make sure they know what to do if a stranger approaches them. If someone
attempts to take them, they should run away, if possible, and scream loudly
for help. They should never get into a car with anyone who is not their
normal ride home unless express permission is given by their parent.
Whether there is a school-wide emergency, natural disaster, or your child
is simply sick with the flu, it is important that they know their home
contact information. All children should know their home address, phone
number, and the numbers of either their parents or guardian. While schools
typically have children memorize this information, it is always good for
parents and guardians to enforce the teaching at home as well.
Playgrounds and jungle gyms can be very dangerous, especially older sets
with broken or worn-down equipment. Make sure your kids use the playground
equipment as it was intended to be used in order to avoid unnecessary injuries.
If your child is injured in a school-related accident, our staff at Greater
El Monte Community Hospital can help. We have been providing the El Monte
community with healthcare services for more than 40 years, and we offer
the only 24-hour ER within 6 miles.
Contact Greater El Monte Community Hospital
to learn more safety tips, or to schedule an appointment.
This article contains general information about medical conditions and
treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as
such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis
of a physician.
If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should
consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.