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Pedestrian Safety

Walking is a great way to get exercise and simply to get around. Unfortunately, walking is not always safe. Each year nearly 1000 children ages 14 and under die as a pedestrians. Thousands more are seriously injured. Protect your child by following these safety tips:

Pedestrian Safety Tips:

  • Supervise young children and do not leave them alone at play, especially near a street or driveway.
  • Make sure that the children's play area is at least 200 feet from any dangerous area (such as a street, driveway, a vacant lot or water). If it is within 200 feet, the play area should be fenced.
  • Obey the school safety patrol, crossing guard, or police officer when walking near a school.
  • Teach children to cross streets at a corner, use crosswalks, and obey traffic signals. Teach them to check for approaching vehicles before crossing even with the green light or "walk" sign on.
  • Make sure children under age 10 are supervised when crossing the street. You may also need to supervise older children, especially when they cross streets with heavy traffic or more then two lanes.
  • Teach children to look left-right-left again before crossing a street and to keep looking as they cross. Practice this behavior with them until they master it.
  • Teach children to walk facing on-coming traffic if no sidewalks are available.
  • Wear light colored clothing if walking at dawn, at dusk, or after dark. Even better, wear reflective tape (placed diagonally across the back) and carry a flashlight.
  • Make sure that doors leading to the outside of the house, including garage doors, can not be opened by young children. This is to prevent children from getting out of the house unnoticed by their parents and being injured in traffic.

© Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood - Invest in Children Child Fatality Review Committee

The Child Death Review Program is funded by: Cuyahoga County, and The Child and Family Health Services Block Grant provided through the Ohio Department of Health. The Child Death Review Program is administered by: The Cuyahoga County Board of Health.