One of the most frightening safety risks to our children is the busy streets we live on. We have become such a mobile society that even what were once quiet and isolated streets are now populated with vehicles coming and going multiple times each day. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing oncoming traffic.

Tips for Walking Safely

Walking is an important part of remaining active, but it can be dangerous.  Here are some tips from Primary Children’s Hospital to help keep your family safe while walking:

  • Provide play areas away from driveways, streets, parking lots, or unfenced yards by the street.
  • When walking at night, wear light colors or reflectors.
  • When crossing a street, stop at the curb and look left, right, and left again before crossing.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Cross at least 10 feet in front of a school bus.
  • Never run across the street. Children under 10 years old should not cross alone.
  • Everyone should cross at corners using traffic signals or at marked crosswalks.

View or download our pedestrian safety card:

Additional Resources

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National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

NHTSA is raising awareness about pedestrian safety through this online resource with tips and information about how to protect your family when walking.

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Safe Kids Utah

This non-profit organization strives to make Utah a safer place for children by sharing evidence-based programs such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, which help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health promotes healthy lifestyles and safe behaviors for Utah's most vulnerable populations.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides information about risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a multitude of resources for the physical, mental, and social health and well-being for infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Poison Control

Your 24-hour resource for poison information and educational resources.