Monthly Archives: August 2015

7 School Bus Safety Tips for Kids

As kids return to school, school buses once again welcome kids aboard. While school buses are the safest mode of transportation to school, injuries do occur, many when children are boarding or exiting the vehicle. Here are some safety tips to review with your child this year:

  1. 082615_schoolbusDon’t rush: It’s a good idea to be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to come.
  2. Always stay 10 giant steps away from the bus when it’s pulling up so the driver can see you.
  3. Be aware of moving traffic. Avoid things that obstruct your sight, hearing or attention, such as hoods, headphones and video games.
  4. Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting on or off. Sit down as soon as you’re on the bus.
  5. Be cautious of backpack straps, drawstrings or loose clothing that can get caught on handrails or doors.
  6. Don’t put your head, arms, hands or belongings out the window.
  7. When exiting, be aware of other cars on the road. Take five giant steps from the front of the bus and wait for the driver’s signal that it is okay to cross.

As a driver, be sure to review the North Carolina school bus stop laws. Have a safe school year!

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4 Bag Lunch Tips

Whether you’re packing bag lunches for yourself or your kids, you should feel good about selecting wholesome foods and healthy portion sizes. Plus, you’ll save money if you pack a lunch instead of going out to eat. Here are four tips for your next bag lunch:

  1. 082614_baglunchPack last night’s leftovers. Or, reinvent leftovers and create something entirely new for lunch (e.g., a chicken salad wrap or bean salad).
  2. Keep it fresh. Don’t let salads or sandwiches get soggy. Pack toppings and dressings in a separate container and assemble your meal when it’s time for lunch.
  3. Stay cool. Use cooler packs in your lunch bag or keep your lunch in the refrigerator. Perishable food must be kept cold — otherwise harmful bacteria can multiply and potentially make you sick.
  4. Reheat safely. When using a microwave to reheat food, ensure the food is heated evenly by turning or stirring it. Food should be reheated to at least 165 F.
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