The Kingsport Fire Department and the National Safety Council Urge you to Use Extra Caution when School’s in Session

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KINGSPORT – Back-to-school season is in full effect next week. Remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists, and provide children with the necessary knowledge to stay safe at school. The following links and tips can help to get your school year of to a safe start!

Safe Roads for Safe Kids
Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they – and the motorists around them – take proper safety precautions‚¬â€¹.

For Children in the Car:
• Always wear your seat belt–both lap and shoulder belts–and buckle up as soon as you get into the car. A lap belt should cross the hip bones and the shoulder belt cross the center of the collar bone.
• Never share a seat belt.
• Dont yell or jump around. It can distract the driver.

For Parents:
• Children 12 years old and younger should always ride in the back seat. They should never sit in the front seat of a car that has air bags.
• Infants should be placed in a rear-facing car seat to at least age one and up to 20 lbs.
• Toddlers should be placed in a forward-facing car seat until the harness no longer fits. Children can move to a booster seat at 4 years old.
• Use a booster seat with the lap and shoulder seat belts until your child reaches the 4 9 (57) or 9 years old.

Send Kids Off Safely
‚¬â€¹Injuries are common at school‚¬â€but many can be prevented. Before you send your children off, be sure to run through these safety topics.
• Backpack Safety
• Playground Safety

Protect New Teen Drivers
Teen crashes spike in the months as they head back to school and happen more often during hours when school begins and lets out. Learn the best ways to keep your teen drivers safe.

Back To School Safety Tips Sheets
Pedestrian Safety‚¬â€¹
Safe Riding in a Car
Distracted Walking
16 Tips for a Safer Bus Ride
First-Time Rider School Bus Tips‚¬â€¹‚¬â€¹
Coloring Fun Book

Back to School Video PSAs
Back to School: Driving Safely with School Buses
Stop Bullying: What Parents Can Do

Source:National Safety Council www.nsc.org