HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – August is Back to School Safety Month and a good time to review your family’s safety and emergency plans. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is reminding parents that teaching their children how to stay safe before, during, and after school is crucial.
“Although schools have emergency plans and hold drills throughout the year, parents should make sure that their children know their phone number, address and how to get in touch with them or another trusted adult in case of an emergency,” said a statement from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Traffic safety is also key to keeping children safe. There are heavy fines for going over the speed limit and for texting or using handheld devices while driving through a school zone.
State law mandates that drivers come to a complete stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped to pick up or drop off students. Children walking or riding their bikes should only cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
Officials also say that posting an emergency phone list where your children can see it is a good idea. Includee 9-1-1, your work and cell numbers, numbers for neighbors, and the numbers for anyone else who is nearby and trusted.
“Practice an emergency plan often so they know what to do in case of fire, injury, or other emergency,” said the statement.