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Fall Safety Series with Dr. Sharma - Issue #1: School Safety Tips

Chilton Hospital Pediatrician Ritu Sharma, M.D.Fall Safety Series with Dr. Sharma
Issue #1: School Safety Tips

Attention parents: Chilton Hospital Pediatrician Ritu Sharma, M.D., would like to share with you some important safety tips to start off the new school year. Please inform your children about the following safety tips for a healthier, safer community…


  • Always travel with at least one other person, preferably an adult.
  • Never talk to strangers, even if you see them every day. They are not trusted adults.
  • Always know your address and phone number.


  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If you have to use the road, walk facing traffic so that cars can see you coming.
  • Choose the route that has crossing guards and is the most well-lit.
  • Look left-right-left before crossing any streets and always look for cars coming in and out of driveways.


  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Obey all road rules: Ride with traffic-not against it, learn proper hand signals and stop with stop signs and traffic lights.
  • Make sure bikes have reflectors.
  • Always make eye contact with drivers when turning or crossing streets.
  • Never wear head phones: You need to hear everything going on around you.

Riding the Bus:

  • Stand away from the curb, not at the edge of the bus stop.
  • Wait until the bus stops completely before getting on and off the bus.
  • Always cross in front of the bus and make sure the driver is able to see you.
  • Stay seated throughout the whole ride and until the bus stops at the school.

Teens Driving:

  • Drive alone or with an adult. If you need to drive with someone else, keep it to one person and make sure they do not distract you in any way.
  • Never have any cell phones in the front with you. All text messages and calls can wait. 


  • No bags should weigh more than 20 percent of the child’s weight.
  • Avoid buying bags that are heavy and large even without anything in them.
  • Wear both straps or consider getting a rolling bag to make the weight easier to carry.
  • Make sure it’s padded so items inside do not poke into your back.
  • Pick a bag with wide straps and a waist strap so that it’s comfortable to wear.
  • Choose a bag with multiple compartments so that items can be placed to evenly distribute weight.


  • Never get scared of a bully; stay calm and walk away from them.
  • Tell the bully that you don’t like what they are saying or doing in a firm voice. Don’t yell.
  • Let a trusted adult know about the bullying.
  • If you see someone being bullied, never encourage it. Support the person being bullied.

About Ritu Sharma, M.D.:
Dr. Sharma is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Her practice is at the Chilton Family Health and Wellness Center, 909 Ringwood Ave., in Haskell, NJ. To make an appointment, call (973) 831-6700.

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