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The following information was provided by the NFPA - Risk Watch


Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for children 14 and under. Approximately 29% of children ages four and under ride unrestrained, placing them at twice the risk of death and injury as those riding restrained. In 1999, 272,000 children were injured as occupants in motor vehicle-related crashes. When used correctly, child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 71% for children ages four and under.

Safety Tips:

Children ages 12 and under should ride buckled up in the back seat in a child safety seat, booster seat or safety belt.

  • Infants should ride in a rear-facing infant seat until they are at least one-year-old and weigh at least 20 pounds.
  • Use a convertible or forward facing safety seat until the child outgrows it - up to about four and when the child weighs 40 pounds.
  • All children who have outgrown child safety seats should be properly restrained in booster seats until they are at least eight years old, unless they are 4-feet 9-inches tall.

 It is important that all children learn about safe school bus rules. Here are some helpful bus safety rules for children:

  • While waiting for the bus, take five giant steps from the curb until the bus has stopped completely.
  • Stay seated at all times.
  • Keep head, arms and hands inside the bus. Never throw anything out of the bus window.
  • Always hold on to the bus handrails to prevent falling.
  • Be careful that clothing, book bags, and key rings don't get caught in the handrails or doors.
  • When getting off the bus, take five giant steps away from the bus, and stay on the sidewalk.
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Otherwise, the bus driver may not be able to see you.


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