Pedestrian Safety Tips for Kids
This post was written on behalf of Methodist Richardson Medical Center. As always, all opinions are my own.
One thing of the many things I love about living in Texas is the BEAUTIFUL sunsets! This time of year they begin to come a little earlier each day.
This is also the time of year when we’re finally getting cooler weather. Our son, as well as most of the children in our neighborhood, really enjoy being outside in the evenings. But, days are getting shorter, time change is just around the corner and many will be out for trick or treat. Whether we’re a driver or pedestrian this is a good time to remind ourselves and our children of a few Pedestrian Safety Tips.
Pedestrian Safety Tips:
- Be Seen. Use lights or wear reflective clothing at dusk, after dark or anytime visibility is poor
- Take the safest route. Plan to take a route with less traffic, slower speeds, and good lighting and sidewalks
- Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing the traffic as far to the left as possible. Be prepared to get out of the way you think a driver doesn’t see you
- Cross the street and corners. Use crosswalks and always look left and right before crossing the street. Small children should always cross with an adult
- Expect others not to see you. Drivers can get distracted.
- Walk focused and alert. Put away cell phones, take out ear buds and any other devices that draw your attention away from the road and traffic
- Give drivers extra time to slow down or stop especially during times of low visibility like dusk, dawn, fog or rain.
I recently learned that unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth-leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S. for children ages 5 to 19 (according to Safe Kids Worldwide). Methodist Richardson Medical Center is helping promote Pedestrian Safety by giving away FREE mini flashlights. The flashlights clip on to backpacks or jackets, helping our children be seen. All you have to do is sign up with your email and address.
My son’s is already on it’s way….he was SUPER excited! He loves a good flashlight!
This is the perfect time of year to be outside with family and friends.
Thanks Methodist Richardson for reminding us of these simple safety rules and for helping us keep our children safe!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Methodist Richardson Medical Center.