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Posted on: May 1, 2022

Tips For a Safe Ride

School Bus Safety

Did you know accidents involving school buses take place most frequently at the beginning and end of the school year?

The Carbondale Fire Department would like to pass along "Tips for a Safe Ride" from the National Safety Council:

At the Bus Stop:

  • Arrive early at the bus stop - at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive
  • Stand 6 feet (or three giant steps) away from the curb while waiting for the bus
  • Supervise young children

Around the Bus

  • Cross in front of the bus - at least 10 feet (or five giant steps) - and make eye contact with the driver before crossing
  • Never walk behind the bus
  • If you drop something near the bus, do not pick it up; tell the bus driver instead

Getting On/Off the Bus

  • Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus or standing up on the bus
  • Use the handrail
  • Secure any loose or hanging objects like straps on a backpack or drawstrings on a hood

Behavior on the Bus

  • Buckle up if seat belts are available
  • Stay in your seat keeping head, arms and papers inside the bus, and talk quietly
  • Keep aisles clear of books and bags

For more information, please contact the Carbondale Fire Department at 618-457-3234.

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