Installing U-Channel Sign Posts

Sign PostsThe truth is, not all sign  posts are alike. Sign posts come in different shapes, sizes, styles, and materials.  Choosing the right one depends on the location, the sign, and your general preference.  You can even choose a portable sign post that you can easily carry with no installation needed. In terms of style and shape, there are tubular or cylindrical posts, traditional square posts, and u-channel posts.

U-Channel posts are the most popular choice because they are easy to install and very versatile.  They feature  perforations which means different size signs can be conveniently displayed at almost any height. These posts are available in a variety of heights and colours suitable for outdoors and indoors.

Installing u-channel sign posts in the ground is easy compared to tubular posts where you have to actually dig up the ground. For u-channel posts, all you need are a post driver, level, marker, and measuring tape. You’ll need washers, nuts, and bolts when installing the actual sign to the sign post.

Here’s a step by step guide to installing your u-channel sign post:

Step 1: Find the best location for your sign post. Choose a highly visible spot with no trees or shrubberies that may hide the sign. Make sure no underground utility like electricity or water line is present on the sign post spot.

Step 2: Determine the length of the post that needs to be buried. You need to drive the post far into the ground according the sign post’s height. This is to prevent the post loosening up over time and falling over. Use a measuring tape (start from the bottom) and mark the appropriate length of the post. Here’s a short guide:

  • 4 ft. post – 1-1/2 ft. deep
  • 6-7 ft. post – 2-1/2 ft. deep
  • 8-12 ft. post – 3-1/2 ft. deep

Step 3: Mark the spot for the post with spray paint. This is especially helpful if you need to install many posts in your facility or streets.

Step 4: Aim the bottom of the sign post directly on the mark.How to Install Sign Posts

Step 5: Enlist the help of an assistant. Ask him or her to bring you the post driver.

Step 6: Hand over the post to your assistant as you slip the driver on top of the post.

Step 7: Carefully walk the post up into an upright position with you holding on to the handles of the post driver. Use a ladder if you need one to drive the post.

Step 8: Drive the post manually using the driver by simply pushing the driver up and letting it slide back down, essentially hammering the post into place. Repeat as needed.

Step 9: After burying the post a few inches deep, check to see if the post is straight with a level tool.

Step 10: Install the sign on the correct side of the u-channel post. This is the open side of “u”, the one with the two pairs of flaps that should sit flat on the back of the sign, giving it extra support which prevents the sign from folding. Use the nuts and bolts to secure the sign to the post.

 

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5S Methodology in Warehouse Management

5s Red Tag SignNo one is sure exactly how the 5’s methodology began.  But in the 1970s, Japan’s premiere automotive company, Toyota, was notably the company that set the standard. Just like Sun Tzu’s the Art of War, the principles derived from the 5S methodology can be applied in many ways to achieve efficiency. Warehouse management is just one aspect of your business that could benefit from these principles.

Sort or Seiri – In organizing your workplace and home, the first thing to do is to sort. In home improvement, you separate stuff you need, stuff you can throw out, and stuff that can be donated or sold in a garage sale. In sorting your warehouse inventories and company assets, the same principle applies. Discard all the items that you no longer have any use for to clear valuable space for incoming materials or products in need of storage. Keep only what you need and set priorities through processes like FIFO (First In First Out) or LIFO (Last In First Out).

Tools you need:

  • Red Tags and Red Tag Boards – Systematically remove items in your warehouse with approval of the supervisor to ensure items discarded are reviewed.
  • Equipment Tags – Tag machines and equipment in need of repairs with status tags that indicate machines in need of repairs and those that are OK to use.

Streamline (aka Straighten or Stabilize) or Seiton – Streamlining or organizing the warehouse is probably the most challenging aspect of 5S. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. You have to figure out how your warehouse processes flows and how you can eliminate waste in terms of time and resources.

Tools you need:

  • Warehouse Signs – Put up instructions and reminders to alert and guide workers in your warehouse.
  • Floor and Aisle Markers – Clearly marked areas and paths are essential in improving foot traffic. It eliminates confusion and workers will know exactly where they are and where they need to go.
  • Labels and Inventory Tags – Identify the content in each storage space to avoid wasting time looking for specific equipment or tools.

Shine or Seiso – Maintain good housekeeping in your warehouse. Leaks and spills should be taken care of immediately as these are unnecessary hazards that may cause slips and falls. It’s important to maintain cleanliness in the facility to be able to clearly evaluate where efficiency is lacking.

Tools you need:

  • Janitorial Supplies – Use heavy-duty industrial cleaning tools and supplies to save cost in the long run.
  • Spill Kits – Always have a professional spill kit ready. Choose the best spill kit that’s right for your workplace.

Standardize or Seiketsu – Consistency in implementing your new system is the key to improved efficiency. It’s essential to have a work manual that documents the standards implemented. Regular training sessions also help workers deal with not just the regular work but also how to react in situations like breakdown of equipment, chemical spills, and emergencies.

Tools you need:

  • Work Posters or Charts – A simple visual guide that summarizes the work flow. It could be used to locate where the different work areas and equipment are located.
  • Training Manuals and Videos – To set standard practices, new workers have to undergo training. Regular refreshers are also recommended for workers assigned to new tasks.

Sustain or Shitsuke – It’s easy to slip back to old habits without proper monitoring and evaluation. Conduct regular evaluation or even surprise inspections to make sure workers are following the new standards.

Be open to change when a new standard or policy is not working out. 5S, after all, is not about complacency but rather the continuous striving for perfection.

 

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Selecting Traffic Sign Materials

Traffic Signs

Traffic signs are one of the most essential tools to prevent chaos on the highways and streets of every town and city on the planet. From makeshift wooden boards to professionally designed and manufactured LED-illuminated traffic signs, they help travelers arrive at their destination.

Standards for Canadian traffic signs specifying materials, wording, installation, etc. can be found in the MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Device) which closely follows the MUTCD for the United States. Since the two countries have fairly similar driving situations, it makes sense to have uniformity of traffic signs. In Canada, provinces and territories may also have their own manuals based on the MUTCD standards such as the Manual of Standard Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings from the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Highways.

The effectiveness of traffic signs depends on a number of elements. The most important, of course, is the legibility of each sign followed by durability. The material the sign is made of will effect both of those.    There are a variety of road sign materials that are available and each one has its own benefits and disadvantages.

Traffic Sign Materials:

Aluminum – Traffic safety signs made of aluminum are able to withstand the outdoor conditions of the road. Aside from the fact that aluminum is more durable than plastic, it’s also rust and corrosion-proof. Because of its lightweight characteristics, aluminum road signs are easy to install. One drawback of using aluminum, though, is that it’s prone to dents and scratches. It’s also more expensive than plastic.

Steel – In terms of durability, nothing compares to heavy-duty galvanized steel signs. With its 18-gauge steel sheet that’s .05 inches thick, signs could last decades without needing replacements. Steel doesn’t easily bend or dent making it virtually maintenance-free. However, galvanized steel signs are fairly heavy which means they need heavy-duty hardware for installation.

Polyethylene – High-density plastic is the least expensive material used in signage. Typical signs are .125 inches thick which is strong enough to withstand indoor as well as regular outdoor conditions. Because polyethylene signs are easy to install and to customize, these signs are ideal for parking lots where companies can include their logos and employee names to reserve parking spaces. And while its most obvious weakness is that it easily buckles and collapses upon impact, plastic signs can actually reduce injuries to people and vehicles because of this very reason.

The material’s reflectivity is another aspect of traffic and parking signs that should be considered. Drivers and pedestrians need to be able to read the signs even under low-light and nighttime conditions to prevent accidents and collisions.

Traffic Sign Reflectivity:

Non-Reflective – Modern road signs usually need reflective materials or illumination during the night to guide drivers and motorists. Non-reflective signs are recommended only for well-lit areas and signs that are not vital at night. Parking signs and other facility signs can be made with non-reflective materials. For official traffic signs, however, the standard is still retro-reflective or illuminated signs.

Engineer-Grade Reflective – Materials that are classified Engineer-Grade reflective are visible for up to 500 feet. The material’s reflectivity has a lifespan of 5 to 7 years. It’s recommended to use engineer-grade reflectivity on non-critical signage only such as parking lot signs and way-finding signs.

High-Intensity Reflective – Most traffic signs are made with high-intensity reflectivity. The material is visible up to 1,000 feet which makes it ideal for highways, roadways, and essential street signs.

 

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Points to Consider When Choosing Sign Posts

Sign PostsSigns remind us where we are and where we are headed. Without signs, there would be utter chaos in the streets and highways. Navigation would be virtually impossible in our complex modern world.

Sign posts, bases and stanchions are just as important as the signs they hold up. Without proper accessories and hardware, your signs might just as well be as temporary as a cardboard marker that flies away with a sudden gust of wind.

Traffic Sign Posts

Road signs are especially vulnerable to weather conditions, graffiti, and accidents. You need strong sign posts that can withstand these elements if you don’t want to keep spending money trying to replace your signs.

According to the Manual of Standard Traffic Signs & Pavement Markings by the Ministry of Transportation and Highways in British Columbia, traffic sign posts may be made of wood, metal or plastic, though they recommend plastic be used for highway delineators only.

The ministry also recommends:

  • To position signs against the wind, plowed snow and be high enough to discourage displacement by vandals
  • To install signs behind barriers or breakaway footings to prevent vehicles from hitting them
  • To drill a hole through a 15 cm x 15 cm (6 sq in) post above ground to allow breakage if hit (in accordance with Standard Specifications for Highway Construction)
  • To check for underground utility lines before excavation
  • To ensure concrete sign bases are level and are behind roadside barriers
  • To install more than 1 post for large signs at least 1.2 me wide
  • To install uniform posts (same material and style) across highway sections for aesthetic purposes

Types of Sign Posts

The market offers a variety of sign posts to choose from. There are permanent posts that you can drive through the ground using a post driver and there are portable sign systems with stable bases you could position in different locations around your facility.

Permanent Sign Posts

There are different materials, sizes, and styles of permanent sign posts. There are u-channel posts which are made of perforated galvanized steel or dry coat steel, tubular posts made of rust-proof steel, and fixed-base posts that can be mounted on the ground using bolts.

Temporary Sign Posts

Portable sign posts can be made of rubber, cast iron, polyethylene, etc. These sign posts are especially useful for facility driveways and parking lots.

Flexible Sign Posts

Flexible sign posts are ideal for locations where vehicle impact is expected. These special posts bend and bounce right back up after contact with vehicles.

 

Sign PostsReflective Sign Posts

Reflective panels on posts and bases increase visibility that’s critical during low light and night time conditions. The reflectivity allows drivers to avoid hitting signs that may cause unnecessary damage to both vehicle and sign post.  Reflective sign post options are recommended for areas with high vehicular traffic.

Signs are incomplete without the proper sign posts to hold it up. Consider these points when choosing sign posts for your facilities, streets, or highways.

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Winter Safety Tips: Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls

Snow Removal

Winter is coming and with it, the potential for slips, trips, and falls. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), over 42,000 workplace injuries are due to fall accidents. The majority of these, or about 66%, are same level falls due to slips and trips. The inevitable winter ice and snow just makes a more hazardous environment that could increase the risk of injuries.

While Accuweather is predicting a mild winter for some areas, meteorologist for Canada, Brett Anderson, is also predicting a “colder than normal” winter season for the Rocky Mountains and Prairies. Whatever the case maybe, Canadians will have snow and ice to deal with at home and at work.

Prevent slips, trips, and falls this winter season. Keep these safety tips in mind while navigating through the snow and ice:

General Tips for Surviving Winter

  • Make a workplace safety program for the winter – Create an action plan customized for winter hazards. This should contain helpful information for workers on how to prepare for winter conditions around their facility.
  • Keep walkways clear. Remove hazards immediately such as water on floors and stairs, and snow on sidewalks.
  • Mark hazardous areas whenever necessary. Use temporary signs, cones, barricades, or floor stand signs to warn workers passing by.
  • Select footwear with appropriate traction. You may also wear removable ice cleats when walking outdoors. Just remember to remove them indoors.

Snow Removal EquipmentTips for Snow Removal

  • Clear off the heavy snow with a shovel. For best results, use a specialized snow shovel.
  • Sweep off the leftover snow.
  • Apply eco-friendly chemical de-icer or ice melter to keep the ice from forming longer.

Tips for Walking Safely in the Wintertime

  • Wear footwear with heavy treads for increased traction.
  • Make yourself visible to drivers by wearing brightly colored jackets or clothes.
  • Consider wearing sunglasses to enable you to see through the bright snow reflection.
  • Keep your hands out ready to steady yourself in case of slips.
  • Look ahead where you’re going and anticipate obstacles like uneven ground and ice or puddles.
  • Avoid carrying heavy loads that may tip your balance.
  • Test slippery areas by tapping a foot before walking.
  • Walk slowly and in small shuffling steps to prevent slipping.
  • Walk along the grassy edges for maximum traction if the walkway is covered in ice.

Getting through the winter season without suffering a slip, trip or fall is not a difficult feat with the right preparation and presence of mind. Just remember that safety should always be the top priority in every season, all the time.

 

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First Aid Kits for the Canadian Workplace

Everyday, workers face various hazards in the workplace. Even with all the precautionary measures in place to prevent accidents, you have to accept the fact that they do happen. Are you ready to respond in the event of a medical emergency? Do you have your first aid kit?

First aid kits and the skills of your first aid attendants could mean life or death in extreme situations. It could also mean the difference between a minor injury and major complications. It’s this understanding of how critical occupational first aid kits are, that prompted Canada’s implementation of new regulations called the Workers’ Compensation Act or the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Details of the regulation differ from province to province but the aim is the same. The law ensures that workers receive immediate care in case of workplace injury or illness. At minimum, the workplace should have:

  • Appropriate first aid kits with complete medical supplies as stated by the province’s regulations
  • Well-trained and competent first aid attendants available to respond at all times
  • Disseminated information on first aid procedures

Other provisions may include:

  • First aid signage
  • Reporting of workplace accidents
  • Emergency transport or ambulance

First aid requirements vary but should be based on the following:

  • Number of employees or workers per shift
  • Types of workplace hazards expected
  • Availability of professional medical facilities (i.e. clinics and hospitals)

Contents of a Basic First Aid Kit

A first aid kit for work differs significantly from what you have at home. According to British Columbia’s Work Safe BC website, a basic workplace first aid kit should be stored in a dry environment and easily accessible to the workers. A waterproof container is recommended.

First Aid Kit Infographic

Check your province’s local requirements for first aid kits, training programs, procedures and more to ensure complete compliance to government regulations. Here’s a list of official government sites that specifiy the regulations for workplace first aid kits.

Canada – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Alberta – Alberta Human Services

British Columbia – Work Safe BC

Manitoba – Safe Work

New Brunswick – Government of New Brunswick Site

Newfoundland – Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly

Northwest Territories and Nunavut – Worker’s Safety & Compensation Commission

Nova Scotia – Government of Nova Scotia Site

Ontario – Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Prince Edward Island – Worker’s Compensation Board of PEI

Quebec – Publications Quebec

Saskatchewan – Government of Saskatchewan

Yukon – Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board

 

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Respirators at Work

RespiratorsIt was the coughing and wheezing that alerted Marcel Lemire, a veteran of marathons and a hockey player, that something was wrong with his breathing. He was a 40-something healthy and active person who didn’t smoke but all of a sudden, his lungs were in trouble. His diagnosis? Occupational asthma. His personal story featured in The Lung Association’s website  illustrates just how serious work-related respiratory diseases are.

Each workplace is different and each one has its own set of occupational hazards such as respiratory health hazards. In Marcel Lemire’s case, his work at a dairy farm in Manitoba involved chemical mists sprayed on containers for sanitation. Without proper ventilation and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as respirators, he inadvertently and presumably inhaled some of these mists while working. After 17 years, it finally took a toll on his lungs.

Respiratory diseases caused by work-related hazards are preventable with proper PPE. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has a webpage dedicated to useful resources that underline the importance of respiratory PPE in the workplace.

Types of Respirators

Not all respirators are made equal. Different respirators are recommended for different jobs. While there are general purpose respirators and masks for a variety of work conditions, you have to be sure you are choosing the right respirator for your specific task and work site.

Escape Respirators – This type of respirator should only be used in case of emergency. It was designed to prevent exposure to harmful gasses and other dangerous chemical particulates. It is not recommended for prolonged use as it only provides protection for under an hour.

Particulate Respirators – These respirators are the most practical and safe option for workers. Particulate respirators are cost-efficient and can be used for extended periods. However, care must be observed in choosing the right filter for the expected particulates workers may be exposed to. Regular cleaning and replacing of filters are needed to keep the respirators in good working condition.Particulate Respirators

There are 3 main classes of respirators which are:

N Series (Non- Oil Resistant Filters) – Filters out oil-free particulates such as pollen, ordinary dust, oil-free aerosols, etc.

R Series (Oil-Resistant Filters) – R Series filters are designed to filter out airborne particles that may contain oil particles. Use a filter for up to 8 hours or 1 continuous shift only.

P Series (Oil-Proof Filters) – These are designed to reduce exposure to particulates including oil-based aerosols by 95% to 99.97%. While these filters can generally be used for more than one shift, you have to confirm the service life of the filter with the manufacturer.

All N, P, and R series come in ratings of 95, 99, and 100. The ratings indicate the filter efficiency from 95%, 99%, up to 99.97%.

Gas Masks – Gas masks with cartridges not only filter, they also purify the air that you breathe in. These special respirators are recommended when a worker is in need of higher level of protection from toxic gases, biohazards, and other hazards that are particularly dangerous to the health of the workers.

Air Purifying Respirators (APRs) – These supplied air respirators combine chemical cartridges with filters to protect you against specific types of airborne contaminants such as mercury vapours, organic vapours, acid gas and so on. A variation of this type of respirator is the PAPR or the Powered Air-Purifying Respirator.

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) – SCBA devices allow workers to work in oxygen-deficient environments such as underwater or underground. Fire fighters and other rescue workers use SCBA to enable them to enter burning buildings or confined spaces where dangerous fumes may be present.

Respirator Regulations

In the United States, regulations for testing, labelling, and use of respirators are strictly implemented by a variety of government agencies like NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and the CDC. Canadian standards for respiratory protection are outlined in CSA (Canadian Standard Association) Standard Z94.4-11. Each of the provinces may also have additional regulations to protect their workers.

Health and safety should never be taken for granted. If only the dairy farm where Marcel Lemire worked implemented reasonable safety precautions and provided PPE and better ventilation, he would not have suffered the loss of 26 percent of his lung capacity. His quality of life would not have been affected. Mr. Lemire would’ve completed his 20th or so marathon and still be playing hockey.

 

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What You Should Know About Hearing Protection

Workers usually remember to put on safety glasses when working on job sites with potential eye hazards but the ear protection is often neglected or taken for granted. Working in noisy environments for long hours has been proven to be dangerous for sensitive ears. There are health consequences that go beyond annoyance. Workers, overtime, may develop temporary or even permanent hearing loss. Tinnitus is another hearing condition characterized by persistent ringing noise. These health issues are serious and could affect your work, not to mention your quality of life.

Some workplaces may reduce the noise by dealing with the sources of the noise itself such as inefficient machinery, malfunctioning motors, and so on. But there is only so much you can do to reduce the cause of the noise in a dynamic workplace environment. As part of your occupational health and safety program, providing proper hearing protection may be the best way to prevent hearing problems for your workers.

Noise Levels in the Workplace

Different tools and machineries emit different levels of noise that can be measured in decibels or dB. While a quiet office or a library, on the average, may only have 40 dB of noise, a machine shop or factory may produce noise as much as 100 dB or more. In this case, workers need to be equipped with earmuffs, earplugs or both to reduce the noise levels and protect their ears. Jet engines or airplanes taking off produce such a dangerous level of noise, exposure must be limited to reduce the risk of hearing loss.

Guidelines for Noise Exposure

Standards are set to limit the safe and permissible exposure time to different noise levels. According to NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it’s not safe to expose workers to 85dB noise for more than 8 hours. A 115 dB level of noise is not safe all for the naked ears.

Always check for the NRR or Noise Reduction Rate when choosing your ear protection – the higher the NRR, the better. It’s recommended that you de-rate the NRR on the label though to compensate for fit that factors in how efficiently the earplugs or earmuffs can protect the ears.

  • Earmuffs – Subtract 25 % from the listed NRR
  • Formable Earplugs – Subtract 50% from the listed NRR
  • All other Earplugs – Subtract 70% from the listed NRR

Maximum Protection Provided by Non-Continuous Use of Hearing protection

For maximum protection, don’t remove your hearing protection while in the noisy workplace. The percentage of usage greatly affects the protection rate of the earplugs or earmuffs. If you reduce usage to 50%, your protection level decreases ten times. In the example illustrated below, an ear protection meant to reduce noise by 30 dB will fall drastically to only 3 dB of protection if worn half the time.

Hearing Protection Inforgraphic

Hearing loss is very preventable with the right ear protection. Don’t wait for your hearing to deteriorate before donning earplugs or earmuffs. The sense of hearing is just as precious as the sense of sight. It’s only when hearing is lost do you realize just how much.

 

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Construction Safety Tips: Choosing Safety Vests

Safety VestsA construction site is a workplace full of hazards. In fact, according to the 2008 survey of work-related injuries by ILO (International Labour Organization), the construction industry has the highest rate at 24.5 per 1000 workers. It’s no wonder safety is prioritized in this industry.

One way of ensuring safety is by wearing the correct PPE or Personal Protective Equipment which includes safety vests and other highly-visible safety apparels.

Why is visibility important in a construction site? Just like a biker or a traffic enforcer needs to wear reflective clothes to make them visible to motorists, construction workers need to be visible to each other in order to avoid accidents such as a crane dumping its load over someone’s head, or a truck running over a pedestrian worker.

Protective Clothing Standards

The United States’ ANSI (American National Standards Institute) came up with standard classifications that specify what types of vests should be worn where. In Canada, the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) established their own guidelines regarding safety vests. It can be found on the CSA Z96-09 standard entitled “Highly-Visible Safety Apparel. CSA Z96.1 specifies how to select the correct protective clothing according to use and the proper maintenance of these safety apparels.

Choosing the Right Protective Clothing

What should you consider when selecting the proper safety vests?

Aim for the Right Fit

It’s important to get the right sized vests that will fit your frame. Although most of the safety vests may come in one size, these may be adjusted to fit more securely to your body. Make sure that no extra hanging straps or other attachments are left unsecured and dangling as this could become entangled with machinery or ensnared with other materials in the construction site.

Choose the Appropriate Material

Daytime safety wear differs from night time wear in the materials used. Fluorescent materials are used mainly for the day time as it offers the best visibility. Reflective materials, on the other hand, are best used in the night time or low light conditions as it bounces back light off its surface to make the wearer visible to oncoming motorists or other workers.

Required Design

Traffic Vests

Make sure that the design of the safety vests is compliant with the CSA standards.  Criteria includes a distinctive “X”pattern on the back, front vertical stripes from shoulder to waist, and a horizontal stripe on the waist. Variations on the design are dependent on the class of safety apparel. The colours should be compliant to the CSA standards which are yellow-green, orange-red, red, and orange.

Don’t take chances with your workers lives. Make sure their PPEs including their safety vests comply with government standards and are made of high quality materials. Your workers deserve the best safety gears you can provide.

 

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Back To School Safety Tips: Safe School Zones

Back to School

A student essentially has one job – go to school and get good grades. But how can you make sure they get to their “workplace” safely? What are basic back to school safety tips to consider?

Mind school zone safety signs
The most vulnerable school children are aged 5 to 14 years old. They are found to be the most at-risk for pedestrian-related injuries and fatalities. As care-free children, they are often unaware of their surroundings until it’s too late. School zone signs are important to alert drivers of school zones and the presence of children in general. Some of these signs are:

Observe posted speed limits
Slow down when nearing school zones, playgrounds, and pedestrian crossings. Children might be out and about, crossing the street, walking or bicycling without looking carefully at the street. As the responsible adult, it’s your duty to look out for children who may be in danger of getting hit by your vehicle.

Avoid overtaking other vehicles near school zones
You might not see crossing children that are hidden from view by another vehicle and the children might not see your car. It’s especially dangerous to pass a school bus when the red signal lights are flashing. An alighting student might be crossing in your direction.

Stop and wait for loading and unloading school buses
Be patient when driving behind school buses. Stop your vehicle and wait for the children to pass whether alighting or boarding.

Follow the crossing guard’s instructions Crosswalk Safety
Respect the crossing guard guiding the children crossing the street. Observe their STOP sign even if it contradicts the traffic light signals as the children would almost always trust the crossing guard to lead them to safety.

Teach children about traffic rules
There’s no better way to protect the children than to arm them with the right knowledge about traffic safety. The school and the parents should take the time to go over traffic safety dos and don’ts with the kids early on to make them aware of the hazards of the street so they can avoid accidents.

Let’s all make this year’s back to school days brighter with safer school zones for children and teens. Observe these simple back to school tips for the kids to enjoy their school year healthy and worry-free.

 

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