Back to School, safely

Parents have a lot to worry about. We understand that your child’s safety is of utmost importance to you. As parents and children across the country prepare to go back to school after the break, keep your family safe with these back to school safety tips:


School zone driving safety tips


The school run can be frustrating, especially if every parent has their own set of rules and procedures. Follow these quick safety tips to ensure that your child gets to class safely:


Keep cool. Your temper is one thing that when lost, its very hard to get back. Be a good role model to your child and keep your cool, even in the most frustrating of circumstances.


Slow down. Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.
Keep your eyes open. Although we do our best to teach our children how to cross a road, it is still good to be aware of children who may cross without looking. Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.


Pay attention. Avoid using a cellphone until you are out of the school zone. You should have all of your attention on getting out of the school zone safely.


Riding a bike or walking to school


If your child is able to ride their bike or walk to school, follow these tips to ensure they are as safe as can be:


Confirm arrival. If your child has a smartphone, make sure that you download the Dialdirect Namola emergency app. With the Family Safety feature, you have access to your child’s real-time location. Set an alert for when they are leaving a destination and make sure that you know when they arrive safely.


Know your route. As a parent you should pick the safest route between your home and the school and practice it with your children


Call a friend. Try and get your child to ride to school with other children. There is safety in numbers.


Safety first. If your child is riding a bike to school, be sure that they wear a helmet. In the event of an accident, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.


Notify your neighbours. If you know that there are a handful of children getting to school on their own steam, notify your Neighbourhood Watch.


Original article courtesy of ADT

Dialdirect is an authorised FSP

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