Northwest NEWS

September 3, 2001


School bus safety tips

Twenty-five million students soon will be riding on school buses each day across our nation and the American Red Cross wants every rider to be safe this year. Working together with parents, teachers and administrators, we can help prevent injuries and save lives.
   Teach your student bus rider these simple rules:
   Line up facing the school bus door - not along the side of the school bus.
   Don't play in the street while waiting for the school bus.
   Carry your belongings in a backpack or book bag.
   Never reach under a school bus to get anything that has rolled or fallen underneath.
   After getting off the school bus, move immediately onto the sidewalk, out of traffic.
   Wait for a signal from the bus driver before you cross the street. Walk at least 10 steps away from the front of the bus so that the bus driver can see you.
   Never cross the street behind the school bus.
   The American Red Cross is the country's leading disaster relief organization, providing immediate emergency relief to those in need and helping people prevent, prepare for and repsond to emergencies. Led by nearly a million volunteers, Red Cross trains more than 11.7 million people in vital lifesaving skills and responds to more than 60,000 disasters across the nation. For more information about American Red Cross programs and services locally, visit our Web site at