Safety for Kids
Emergency Calls to 9-1-1
Ask an adult to teach you to dial 9-1-1 on all types of telephones such as rotary, push button, cell and pay phones.
Reasons to Call 9-1-1
- Someone is Seen Hurting Someone Else
- You See an Accident
- You See a Crime Happening
- You See a Suspicious Activity
- You Smell Smoke or See a Fire
- Someone is Sick or Hurt
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!
- 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 direction0
- 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.