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Tips for Children

EMERGENCY CALLS TO 9-1-1 :
                 Ask an adult to teach you how to use all types of telephones to dial 9-1-1: rotary, push button, cell and pay phones.

Reasons  to  call  9-1-1:

  • Someone is sick or hurt
  • Someone is seen hurting someone else
  • You smell smoke or see a fire  
  • You see an accident
  • You see a crime happening
  • You see a suspicious activity

When calling 9-1-1 remember to:

  • Stay calm
  • Speak loudly and clearly
  • Give your full name, address and phone number
  • Explain where you are and where the problem is
  • Follow all of the operator’s instructions carefully
  • Don’t hang up until the operator tells you to!

BICYCLE SAFETY:

  • Wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by 95% and could save your life!
  • Ride as near to the right side of the road as possible and travel in the same direction as vehicles
  • Be careful when passing parked vehicles or vehicles traveling in the same direction
  • Don’t operate more than two bicycles side-by-side
  • Don’t ride double on bicycles not built to carry two people, and ride only on the bicycle’s regular seat!
  • Always be alert for traffic from ALL directions
  • Don’t “hitch” onto any other vehicle
  • Let pedestrians go first at street crossings and on sidewalks
  • To operate after dark, your bicycle must have a white light mounted on the front which can be seen at least 500 feet away, and a red light mounted on the rear that can be seen at least 500 feet away with a red reflector that can be seen from at least 300 feet away
  • Get out of the street or roadway when you hear an emergency siren

STRANGER DANGER:

What is a stranger? A stranger is someone that you don’t know, even if they know you. A stranger can be a man or a woman, and they can be nice or mean, good or bad. You cannot tell good people from bad people by what they look like , only by how they act.

Things that a dangerous stranger may say or do to a child:

  • Bribe: “I’ll give you a present (candy, money, toys, etc.)”
  • Assistance: “My dog is lost, will you help me find it?”
  • Attention/Affection: “I won;t like you anymore if you don’t …,” or “You are my favorite…”
  • Threat/Fear: “I’ll hurt your mommy and daddy if you tell;” “No one will believe you;” or “I’ll go to jail if you tell”
  • Emergencies: “Your mom is sick and she asked me to take you home”
  • There are many other ways a stranger, an acquaintance, or even a trusted adult can entice a child. Parents need to go over safety tips and play “what if” games with their children

What to do when you are approached by a stranger:

  1. Say “NO” loudly and repeatedly
  2. Get physically away from the stranger (run away)
  3. Tell an adult

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