Safety for Kids
Emergency Calls to 911
Ask an adult to teach you to dial 911 on all types of telephones such as rotary, push button, cell and pay phones.
Reasons to Call 911
- 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 911 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.