Because your safety is important to us,
the IPSO wants you to know some
important safety tips.
Bicycle Safety Tips:
Bike riding is a lot of fun...great exercise and economical transportation. But
remember, you're not alone on the road. Other bike riders, pedestrians and
motorists present potential risks for accidents.
Ride With Traffic: Wrong way riders get hit by cars. One out of every
five accidents is caused by wrong way riding. The law in all 50 states requires
bicyclists to go with the flow of traffic.
Look Before You Ride Out of the Driveway: This is a cold truth:
Almost half of the young children killed on bicycles die when they ride out of a
driveway without first stopping or looking. Stop at the end of the driveway;
look both ways for traffic and go when it is safe.
Check for Traffic Before You Make a Turn: Many children do not
look for traffic before they turn left or right, or turn around. Always look
back, signal and check for traffic before you make any turn; otherwise, you may
Stop Signs Mean Stop: It is hard for children to judge the speed
and distance of an oncoming car. Often adults ignore the law and run stop signs,
too. Children will follow the examples of adults and will not obey the law
unless adults do. Please STOP at all
signs, and look for traffic before proceeding.
if I wake up and my house is on fire?
Work with parents on a fire escape plan before a fire
The plan should include who helps who get out and
where to meet once outside; then practice the plan.
Household members with disabilities may need special
Alert others in the house to the emergency; yell
"Fire," and bang on doors if you can.
Know two ways out of every room; one can be a window
if you can open it by yourself.
Remember - the lights may not work during a fire. Know
how to get out in the dark.
Don't stop to take anything with you or to help pets.
Stay low if smoke is present; crawl if you must to
stay out of smoke.
do I do if my clothes catch on fire?
If your clothes catch on fire, "Stop, Drop, and Roll!"
If your friend's clothes catch on fire, don't
let him or her run; yell, "Stop, Drop, and Roll!"
Once they are down and rolling, you can use a
rug, blanket, towel, or other heavy cloth to help put out the flames on
Get adult help or call 9-1-1. Don't hang up
until you are told to do so; listen for instructions.
lost! Now what?
Stay where you are and think.
Your parents or your group may be looking for
you; give them a chance to find you.
If no one arrives soon, look for a police
officer or other trusted adult.
Know your address, phone number, and parents'
Find a telephone and dial 9-1-1 (pay phones are "free"
for 9-1-1 calls).
Do not open the door to any stranger,
especially if you're alone. Do not let anyone know that you are alone.
Never give a stranger your personal information like
your name, phone number, address, etc. Do not give out any personal
information on the Internet.
Before going somewhere, get your parents'
permission. Always tell them where you are going, who you are going with,
and how you are getting there.
Always get permission from your parents before
getting into a car or leaving with someone; even if it is someone familiar.
Never accept money or gifts without first telling your
If someone offers you an unknown substance or
drugs, tell a grown-up immediately.
Use the "buddy" system whenever possible. This
means you should not go places by yourself.
If someone touches you in a way that makes you
feel uneasy or don't like, immediately tell a grown-up you trust. Do not
feel guilty. It is not your fault. Do not keep it inside.
Know an alternative way out of the house, in case a
fire or another emergency blocks one entranceway.
Review emergency numbers with your parents and
keep them on the refrigerator.
Don't use dangerous equipment or kitchen
appliances without an adult.
Memorize the name and contact information of one
family member who does not live at home with you.
Share with your parents the internet sites that
you visit, and do not surf sites that seem unfamiliar or unsafe.
Practice home safety rules with your family
FOR PARENTS - TEACHING CHILDREN TO USE 9-1-1
Never say "nine eleven." There is no eleven on a
telephone keypad or dial. Always say "nine one-one."
Always call from a safe place. If there is a fire in
the house, get out first and then call.
Post your address near the phone.
Never call 9-1-1 as a prank or a joke. You
could get in serious trouble and keep someone who really needs help from
getting it on time.
9-1-1 is not for animal emergencies. Call your
vet or parish department of animal control.
Call 9-1-1 if you think you have an emergency
and explain the situation to the dispatcher.
If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, don't hang up.
Explain the mistake to the dispatcher and say there was no emergency.