Red Cross offering back-to-school safety tips

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SPRINGFIELD - As the new school year begins, the American Red Cross is offering central Illinois citizens some tips that could help make the journey back to the classroom safer.

Officials say keeping children safe is the top priority this year, especially for kids going to school for the first time.  Parents are encouraged to make sure their children knows their phone number, address, and how to dial 911, as well as to now talk to or accept rides from strangers.

Additionally, children who ride a bus to school should stand away from the curb while waiting for the bus, and should only board the bus after it has come to a complete stop.  Children should also never walk behind the bus, and should never run into the street or cross between parked cars.  

Officials also say parents who drive their children to school should ensure that their kids are fastened into the correct booster and safety seats, and that kids under 13 years of age travel in the back seat.  Teens who drive to school are advised against using their cell phones, eating, or drinking while driving.

For more safety tips, visit http://www.redcross.org/.

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