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Keeping Children Safe When it's Dark

November 14, 2019

As the days become shorter in Alaska, families will be spending more time outside after dark. There are several things you can do to keep children safe.

  • Be alert and slow down when driving in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Pedestrian and bike traffic has picked up since school started, so watch carefully for bikers, walkers, or runners who may be distracted or step into the street unexpectedly.
  • Teach children about the importance of using crosswalks and looking left-right-left before crossing. Continue to accompany your child on walks outside until they are at least ten years old, when they first begin to develop the ability to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars.
  • Always use a sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk facing oncoming traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Wear light-colored clothing and reflective items. Reflective tape can be attached to coats, backpacks, shoes, hats, and other items to make children more visible to drivers.
  • Bring a flashlight or wear a headlamp to ensure your path is well lit. Unseen obstacles could cause trips or falls that could seriously injure you or your child.

Check out these other pedestrian safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.