Your children’s health and safety are of utmost concern to you. As they get older, they go off to school and play, and you cannot always be there to protect them. Naturally, you worry about them getting hurt. The best way to ease your worries and increase your children’s safety is to teach them to be cautious and safe pedestrians.
One of the biggest safety threats to children is moving vehicles. Teaching your children about pedestrian safety at a young age can help to decrease their risk of being involved in crashes as a pedestrian.
Elementary age children are at greatest risk for vehicle-pedestrian crashes because of their limited developmental skills. Children in this age group:
What can you do to protect your child against injury or death resulting from a pedestrian accident? Here are some guidelines.
National SAFE KIDS Campaign
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Canada Safety Council
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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts—children, 2007. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Available at: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/portal/site/nhtsa/menuitem.dfedd570f698cabbbf30811060008a0c/. Accessed on January 21, 2009.
Safe Kids USA. Pedestrian safety tips. Safe Kids USA website. Available at: http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/pedestrian/pedestrian-safety-tips-1.html. Accessed November 8, 2010.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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