Just For Kids
Be Healthy! Be Safe!
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department wants you to grow up safely. Here are some health and safety tips:
Remember to Exercise
Children love television, VCRs, computers and video games. Because of that, they are doing less exercise. This is a real problem. If you don't get your body moving you could have health problems when you get older. Exercise will keep you healthy! So get off your chair and start moving - get your heart pumping!
- Take a bike ride (see Bike Safety Tips below)
- Go swimming
- Play a sport you enjoy
- Go roller-skating
- Take a long walk (see Walking Safety Tips below)
Bike Safety Tips
Bike riding is fun and a great way to exercise. Here are just a few safety tips to make sure your bike ride is safe!
- Always wear a helmet when you are on wheels, such as a skateboard, roller-skates or a scooter.
- Follow traffic signals and road signs. Do not ride through stop signs or traffic lights.
- Always ride on the right. Go with the flow of traffic.
- If in a group, ride single file. When passing other bikers or walkers, let them know your position. For example, shout out: "I'm on your left!"
- Watch out for danger in your way. Watch out for trash, potholes, puddles of water, rocks, glass, etc.
- Ride at least 3 feet away from parked cars to avoid car doors opening into you.
- Always signal before making a turn. For left turns, hold your left arm straight out to the side. For right turns, hold your left arm out and up in an "L" shape.
Walking Safety Tips
Walking is a great way to exercise and you can go almost anywhere. But before you lace up your shoes, here are a few safety tips:
- Always walk on the sidewalk.
- If there is no sidewalk, always walk facing traffic.
- Wear bright colors! You want drivers to see you.
- If you are walking at night wear cloths that reflect when hit by headlights.
- Cross only at marked crosswalks or at corners.
- Stop and look left, then right, then left again, before you step into the street.
- Keep looking for cars while you are crossing.
- Walk, Don't Run.
9-1-1 Tips for Kids
- Know your Emergency Number. It's 9-1-1.
- Know your location, the 9-1-1 dispatcher will ask you your location.
- Listen carefully to the 9-1-1 dispatcher - He/She will ask you questions.
- If you don't understand a question - tell the person on the phone to explain the question to you.
- Do not hang up the phone until the 9-1-1 dispatcher tells you.
- If you have a fire, a fire engine will come to your location.
- If you have a medical emergency, a fire engine and an ambulance will respond to your location.
- Learn more about 9-1-1
Every year hundreds of kids are hurt or killed in the United States because they did not put on a seat belt or they strapped in incorrectly. You can protect yourself, your family and your friends by following these safety tips. The safest place for any child under the age of 12 is the back seat of a vehicle.
Infants (Under 20 pounds / Less than 1 year old)
- Use a Rear-Facing child seat.
- The child seat must be in the back seat of vehicle.
- Never place infant car seats in the front of a car with air bags. In a crash, the air bag can hurt or kill a baby.
- Never hold a baby on your lap in a car. The baby will not be protected in a crash.
Kids (Under 40 pounds / At least 1 year old)
- Ride in a car seat facing the front of the vehicle.
Legislation varies from state to state on seatbelt safety for older children. According to San Diego's Safe Kids Coalition, the best practice is that children 8 years or 80 pounds:
- Should ride in a booster seat until the car's lap and shoulder belts fit correctly.
- The lap belt must fit low and sung under their hips. The shoulder belt must not cross their neck or face.