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Keeping Kids Safe Outdoors

Adults have to help children learn to negotiate traffic wherever they live. Busy farmyards easily can be as dangerous as a city street when children are present.

Talk to your children about having a “safe spot” to wait when vehicles and equipment are starting and moving. That way, the driver can see and count all of the children in one place.

Also encourage drivers to walk all the way around the vehicle before getting in to start the engine. Toys and pets behind a vehicle may tempt children to run behind the car to rescue whatever they see back there.

Enforce the rule to “hold hands with a grown-up” each time you are near traffic. Prevention can be a lifesaver.

Adult supervision is always key! Check out the www.safekids.org website today for tips on keeping kids safe outdoors. By being aware of your children’s current ages and stages of development, along with having good safety practices, you can spend a long, warm, safe summer outdoors.

Kim Bushaw, NDSU Extension Service, Family Science Specialist, 701-231-7450, kim.bushaw@ndsu.edu

 

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