As construction hits its busiest time of the year, we’re staying on our toes when it comes to safety. The great weather encourages families to be out and about and children to play outdoors in their neighborhoods.
We recently spent an afternoon at Small Faces Child Development Center in Ballard, and it was fantastic to see the interest and excitement of the children, who ranged in ages from 3 to 10 years old. They learned everything from how to read common construction signs to how to recognize unsafe situations and make safe decisions.
Between questions, the attentive group greeted with great enthusiasm the opportunity to try on construction vests and hard hats. And needless to say, these young safety scholars passed the test at the end with flying colors.
To help keep your child safe during summer construction, remind them of these 5 safety tips:
- Do not walk, run, ride, or play in a construction area. Avoid a construction zone whenever possible.
- Always walk on a sidewalk or designated walkway. Slow down and follow signs that tell you where to walk, skateboard or bicycle.
- Be alert to closure signs; avoid distractions such as using cell phones, headphones, video games or other hand-held devices.
- Stop, look and listen for construction vehicles. Be sure to make eye contact with drivers of construction vehicles to make sure you are seen.
- Stay outside of orange cones, construction fences and chain link fences.
A big thank you to Small Faces for hosting our presentation!