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As summer draws to a close and children start heading back to school, family life can get pretty hectic. It’s important to remember – and share with your children – some key tips from the National Safety Council that will help keep them safe and healthy throughout the school year. 

Transportation Safety

Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school:

Walking to school

Review your family’s walking safety rules and practice walking to school with your child. 

• Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available; when on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic. 

• Before you cross the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming. 

• Make eye contact with drivers before crossing and always cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. 

• Stay alert and avoid distracted walking.

Riding a bicycle to school

Teach your child the rules of the road and practice riding the bike route to school with your child. 

• Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, and in single file. 

• Come to a complete stop before crossing the street; walk bikes across the street. 

• Stay alert and avoid distracted riding.

• Make sure your child always wears a properly fitted helmet and bright clothing.

Riding the bus to school

Teach your children school bus safety rules and practice with them.

• Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the bus.

• Teach your children to stand six feet (or 3 giant steps) away from the curb.

• If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, teach him or her to walk on the side of the road until they are 10 feet ahead of the bus; your child and the bus driver should always be able to see each other.

Driving your child to school

Stay alert and avoid distracted driving.

• Obey school zone speed limits and follow your school’s drop-off procedure.

• Make eye contact with children who are crossing the street.

School Safety

Many school-related injuries are completely preventable. Follow these steps to ensure your child’s safety at school:

Preventing backpack-related injuries

Choose a backpack for your child carefully; it should have ergonomically designed features to enhance safety and comfort.

• Ask your child to use both straps when wearing their backpack to evenly distribute the weight on their shoulders.

• Don’t overstuff a backpack; it should weigh no more than 5 to 10 percent of your child’s body weight.

• Rolling backpacks should be used cautiously since they can create a trip hazard in crowded school hallways.

Preventing playground-related injuries

To reduce strangulation hazards on playgrounds, have your child leave necklaces and jackets with drawstrings at home.

As Hoc Fire Services Committee Town Hall Meeting

Thursday Aug. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Church of Sebastopol, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol.

Our Sebastopol area experience has shown there are not enough first responders in SoCo to take care of everyone in a disaster. The priority of initially focusing on the most severely impacted locations of any disaster means many areas will not see first responder help right away. Our neighbors who have collaboratively prepared through implementing the Meet Your Neighbors (MYN) program represents our strongest opportunity to minimize and overcome those impacts while others in greater danger are being helped.

Sebastopol area residents and neighborhoods have been adopting and implementing MYN for several years now. 

The idea of filling in a map of your neighborhood with location of gas and water shut-off and electrical panel breakers is a core element of the MYN program. Another key element of MYN are the Steps outlined to help ground us during the first few minutes or hours of chaos in an emergency.

Are you interested in joining the meet your neighbors program?

Although these and the other details of MYN are very important when considering preparedness and response, we have come to understand what really matters to us is connecting with our neighbors about these details. All aspects of what the MYN details can provide during an emergency can be more easily recalled and more adequately implemented with those connections in place. Neighbors helping neighbors can protect and save lives. 

Classes are on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Upcoming classes are August 16 and September 20.

At the City of Sebastopol, we support offering our customers a choice in metering infrastructure. The AMI Opt-Out Program is for residential customers who prefer not to have the data collector/ transmitter installed with their water meter. The program allows customers to have their meter read manually at the end of every month at no additional cost to the customer.

Most customers look forward to having an automated meter installed at their home and taking advantage of the many benefits that this technology offers, such as fewer visits from field service representatives and immediate access to consumption information. However, if you are a City of Sebastopol residential customer and would prefer not to have an automated meter read at your home, Please call us at: 707-823-5331 or Email: [email protected]

Advanced metering infrastructure opt=out program information

Let one of our customer service representatives know that you would like to opt out of our automated meter program. The Opt-Out program allows customers who prefer not to have the data collector / transmitter with their water meter read manually at the end of every month at no additional cost to the customer.

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