It’s back to school time, which means fall is just around the corner. As your kids walk home from school and play outside, the days will be getting shorter and shorter.
Methodist Health System wants to help keep your children safe as they walk between activities. It’s important to teach your kids to look left and right before crossing the street. It’s also important to remind them that drivers and cyclists can be distracted, and they won’t always be paying close enough attention to pedestrians. Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19.*
Methodist is offering free safety lights to help your kids stand out to cyclists and drivers. You can attach the lights to your kids’ backpacks or shoes, or when it gets colder, to their coats. You can also attach it to your dog’s collar or harness or to your own clothes when you’re outside before or after the sun comes up.
Here are some other pedestrian safety tips for your family:
- Teach kids to put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the street. It is particularly important to reinforce this message with teenagers.*
- It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.
- Be a good role model. Set a good example by putting your phone, headphones and devices down when walking around cars.
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Stacy Covitz oversees the public relations team to ensure media coverage and handle media requests. She works with Methodist's leadership team and community directors to develop community relations plans that support the four hospitals that are part of Methodist Health System. Stacy also supervises print and digital internal and external publications, including campus e-newsletters and Shine, the consumer health magazine. Away from work, you’ll likely see Stacy out with her dog Maddie.