Summer Safety Tips

Help your children to be safe around water by encouraging them to:
  • Learn to swim as soon as they are ready, usually around age 4.
  • Never run, push, or jump on others around water.
  • Practice the buddy system. Never swim alone and keep an eye out for your buddy at all times.
Parents should:
  • Always watch children near any water, including bath tubs. Do not leave them alone, even for a moment.
  • Use a barrier to keep children away from pools or other bodies of water where adult supervision will not be present.
  • Empty and turn over all containers after you use them.
Biking reminders:
Bike riding can be a fun activity for children, but if they do not know how to ride safely, it can also be very dangerous. You can protect your children by teaching them the following rules:
  • Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet and make sure it is fastened securely.
  • Wear light, reflective clothing. For night riding, a bicycle must be equipped with a white headlight and a red, rear reflector or taillight, with additional reflective material on the pedals or shoes.
  • Ride in safe places, such as in parks on bike trails, and on roads with little traffic.
  • Obey the rules of the road. Bikers must stop at all stop signs and red lights, use hand signals when turning, and ride only on the right hand side of the road with traffic.
  • Look all directions for approaching traffic before crossing a street or intersection.
  • Whenever possible, cross the road at crosswalks, and always walk bikes across those crosswalks.
  • Give bikes regular "tune-ups" and safety checks. Just like any vehicle, it is important for a bike to be well maintained.
  • Ride with a friend. It is more fun and much safer since help is there if needed.
- The Hackett Security Team

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