Now that the clocks have gone back The Co-operative Funeralcare have launched their national Be Safe, Be Seen campaign. They work with primary schools all over the country, donating yellow high visibility reflective pin-badges designed to keep young children safe when the dark nights arrive.
This is what they say - “Over the past 5 years we have given out over 160,000 badges to 1,500 schools and youth groups. We also deliver school assemblies or lessons about road safety prepared by road safety charity Brake for children between the ages of 3 and 7 years.”
I don't know why they need to be convinced by computerised images, but, let's face it, most children respond to them and anything that reinforces how important it is to think more about how to be safe and be seen can only do good.
Here are the some of the tips covered, but I really recommend roping the youngsters in for a watch which wasn't even wasted on my nine year old!
- Look out for and encourage your children to be aware of hidden entrances or driveways when crossing pavements.
- Make sure your children walk on the side of pavements away from the traffic.
- When crossing the road your child should always choose a safe place and time to cross. It’s always safer to cross at a pedestrian or patrolled crossing.
- Avoid crossing between parked cars as drivers won’t be able to see children who do this very well.
- It’s important to stop at the kerb, look both ways and listen to traffic before crossing. Pedestrian crossings can still be dangerous if care is not taken.
- All pedestrians should wait on the pavement until all the traffic from both directions has stopped as this is the safest time to cross. Islands are often provided in the middle of the road, so children should treat each half as a separate crossing.
- Children should avoid playing near busy roads as they can often forget their surroundings and become unaware of the dangers on the road.
Let's keep the words 'Children' and 'Funeralcare' in near enough the same sentence for all the right reasons.
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