It’s almost that time again – back to school. It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over; it seems like just yesterday we were discussing our top summer safety tips! However, the fact of the matter is that school is right around the corner, and you need to be prepared in order to ensure your kids are safe as the new school year gets underway. A new school year can be likened to a new beginning, giving you and your kiddos the opportunity to make any necessary changes that will help you moving forward. Before the first day of school is here, it’s important for you to make safety one of the top items on your back-to-school checklist. Depending on their age and the type of after-school activities they are involved in, kids can be prone to accidents and mistakes. Furthermore, schools are filled with plenty of potentially dangerous hazards that you should take the time to make your child aware of.
To ensure the safety of yourself and your children this back-to-school season, our Dallas personal injury lawyers have compiled a handful of safety tips for you to discuss with your kids:
● Update Emergency Contact Information
One of the first things you should do before the new school year is underway is make sure your child’s emergency contact information is up-to-date. All schools will require this information, and it’s also a good idea to keep a list of emergency contacts at home and on your phone. Make sure your emergency contacts are still who you want them to be and make any necessary changes before the first day of school.
● Discuss Commuting to School
Depending on where you live in relation to your child’s school, they may walk, bike, carpool, or take the bus to school. It’s always a good idea to go over important safety tips regarding commuting to school, such as:
- Only cross the street at crosswalks
- Obey all traffic signals
- Never run into the street
- When crossing the street, walk in front of the school bus to ensure visibility
- Look both ways before crossing
- Always wear a helmet when biking or skateboarding
● Talk About Cell Phone Rules
These days, kids of all ages have cell phones. If your child has a phone, make sure you set rules for what they can and cannot do with them. Discuss when it is appropriate to use them, and when it’s not. While cell phones are incredibly useful in emergency situations, they can also be distracting and misused. Your child’s teacher will likely have rules regarding the use of cell phones in the classroom, but it helps to set your own rules, too. If your child is old enough to drive, make sure you talk to them about the dangers of texting while driving and how this can lead to fatal car accidents.
● Safety First
Whether your child will be monkeying around the playground during recess or playing sports, make sure they understand how to stay safe and keep others safe as well. Discuss the importance of staying on their age-assigned playground and only using equipment that they have been approved to use.
Help ensure the safety of your child and his or her classmates this new school year by following the above tips. If your child is involved in an accident of any kind, please contact the Dallas injury lawyers at Rad Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.