(5/25/12) - Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution during Bike and Wheeled Sports Safety Month (May) as well as year-round with these safety tips.
It is important to teach children lessons about safety on the roads and to remind ourselves of them as well. It is also crucial to always follow the safety rules and traffic laws in order to remain protected.
Remember that bikes travel with traffic, not against it. Ride on the right-hand side of the road.
• Bicycling on the street can be safe for older children, especially when there are bike lanes.
• Children who are ten years or older, and mature and skilled enough to make safe decisions, should be taught how to ride in bike lanes.
Children should only ride or skate in good weather and during the day. They should stay on sidewalks and paths, not roads, until the age of ten. Also, it is important for them to use hand signals when turning.
Before a child crosses a street, instruct them to:
• Use a crosswalk if they can.
• Stop and look: Left, right, and left again.
• If a car or truck is coming, wait until it is gone before you start to cross.
Watch for uneven surfaces like potholes, cracks, rocks, railroad tracks, and storm grates.
For more information about child safety, call Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal at (843) 777-5021 to speak to an Injury Prevention Specialist.