Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at The Medical Center of Aurora
A leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations are pedestrian injuries. Adults must model proper behaviors and be alert for traffic in addition to teaching their children to be safe walkers.
Safe Pedestrian Tips
- Cross at corners, following traffic signals and using crosswalks.
- Make eye contact with drivers before you cross in front of their cars. Never assume that the driver can see you just because you can see the driver.
- Always wait if you can't see clearly. Ensure no vehicles are coming and that they see you.
- Look left, right and left again and back when crossing. Continue looking as you cross the street.
- Walk-- don't run-- across the street.
- Stay alert for traffic, not listening to music, talking or texting on the phone.
- Keep alert for vehicles running a red light and always obey traffic signals.
Use Sidewalks and Paths.
- If there are no sidewalks available, face traffic and walk as far to the left as possible.
Be an Alert Pedestrian.
- Be alert for cars turning or backing up.
- Hold your child's hand in parking lots.
- As a driver, check frequently for children when backing out of a driveway or parking space.
Set Safety Rules for Your Children.
- Model proper behavior.
- Adult supervision is essential until you are sure your child has good traffic skills and judgment.
- Do not allow children younger than 10 to cross streets alone.
- Ask your child to walk on direct routes, crossing as few streets as possible.
- Teach your child to never cross behind a school bus, but always cross 10 feet in front of it.
- Teach your child to wait for adults on the same side of the street as a school bus loading/unloading zones.
- Your child must know to never run into the street to get a ball, toy, pet or for any other reason.
Create an Environment Safe for Pedestrians
- Create a place for your child to play that is away for cars-- such as backyards, parks and playgrounds.
- Create distance between play areas and driveways/streets using fencing, etc.
- Do not allow your child to play in and out of cars.
Be Safe, Be Seen
- Wear light, bright clothing with retro-reflective markings, especially at dusk, dawn, or dark times.
- Use a flashlight when walking at twilight or dark.