Safety for Kids
Emergency Calls to 911
Ask an adult to teach you how to use all types of telephones to dial 911: rotary, push button, cell, and pay phones.
Reasons to call 911:
- 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 911 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!
- 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
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:
- Say "no" loudly and repeatedly
- Get physically away from the stranger (run away)
- Tell an adult