We, the members of the Fond du Lac Fire Department; Dedicate our efforts to the provision of safety and security; For the welfare of the citizens of Fond du Lac through the protection of life, property and the environment.
Back To School SafetyBack to School Safety Tips For Drivers • Be alert and slow down. Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don't talk or text while driving. • Exercise extra caution as you head out to work and be on the lookout for school buses. Many bus routes or schedules change each year and you may encounter a school bus or stop where you may have never seen one before. Be alert. For many children this may be the first time they have ever traveled on a bus. • Each passenger should wear a seat belt and/or ride in an age and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat. Children of all ages are safest when properly restrained in the backseat. • Take extra time when making a right turn on a red light. This can be a dangerous situation for pedestrians. • School Zones: Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and around schools. Be alert to children as you back out of your driveway or exit your garage. • Expect delays near schools, plan ahead and allow extra time to reach your destination. • Safety on the road is especially important for "new" drivers that may be driving to school for the first time. Reminders for Parents and Children • Be realistic about your child's pedestrian skills. Children are not always aware of their surroundings and may dart into traffic assuming drivers will see and stop for them. Carefully consider whether your child is ready to walk to school or wait for the bus without adult supervision and walk the route with your child beforehand. • Children often have a hard time judging speed and distance and should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old. Teach children to always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks and look left, right and left again before crossing. • If traveling to school by bike, obey the rules of the road and wear a helmet! Not only is it the smart thing to do, it is also the law in Maryland. • Be sure that your child knows his or her phone number and address, your work number and when to call 911 for emergencies. • Only drive or park in authorized areas when picking up or dropping off students at school. • Be a good neighbor. Respect private property and always be on your best behavior while waiting for the bus.