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    As El Paso area children head back to school, the El Paso Fire Department would like to offer parents, teachers and care-givers these safety tips to make back-to-school time a safe time.

    Walking and Biking to School:
    Even if you don't ride in a motor vehicle, you still have to protect yourself. Because of minimal supervision, young children face a wide variety of decision-making situations and dangers while walking to and from school. Here are a few basic safety tips to follow:

    • Obey all traffic signals and the crossing guard. Never cross the street against a red light, even if you don't see any traffic coming.
    • Walk your bike through intersections.
    • Walk with a friend or family member.
    • Never approach strangers.
    • Wear reflective material - it makes you more visible to street traffic.
    • Always wear a helmet when riding your bike.
    Riding in a Car:
    • Most traffic accidents occur close to home.
    • Safety belts are the best form of protection passengers have in the event of a crash. They can lower your risk of injury by 45%.
    • You are four times more likely to be seriously injured or killed if ejected from the vehicle in a crash.
    • Everyone needs to be buckled up properly. That means older kids in seat belts, younger kids in booster seats and little kids in child safety seats.
    Riding the Bus:

    School bus transportation is safe. In fact, buses are safer than cars! Even so, last year, approximately 26 students were killed and another 9,000 were injured in incidents involving school buses. More often than not, these deaths and injuries didn't occur in a crash, but as the pupils were entering and exiting the bus. Remember these safety tips:
    • Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
    • Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter or approach.
    • When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.
    • Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
    • Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses; however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!

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