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Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:20 pm

It’s that time of the year again, and the Northwest Fire District would like to remind everyone of a few very important safety messages for keeping the kids safe as they begin another school year.


Nearly 100 children are killed every year while walking to or from school, and another 25,000 sustain injuries as a result of school zone accidents. Kids are not as well versed in safety rules as we would like.


  • Always wear a helmet when riding any mode of transportation with wheels:  bikes, scooters (motorized or not) skate boards,

  • Ride with traffic and walk against traffic directions when traveling to and from school

  • USE CROSSWALKS AT ALL TIMES.  Crossing Guards are the best locations to cross.  Cross at traffic signals if available. Assume that drivers have not seen you, wait before crossing until a driver signals or directs you.

  • Pedestrians should always walk on sidewalks when available.


  • Follow all speed limits through crosswalk/school zones 15mph and NO PASSING in the zones.

  • Take extra time to watch for children in high volume areas, they may not always stop at intersections (crosswalks, school zones and residential neighborhoods)

  • Never drive distracted, especially near school zones and schools.

  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and very carefully.

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