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Road safety this winter

Posted on the 24th November 2015

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is supporting National Road Safety Week to encourage families to stay safe and alert when walking together.

The awareness week takes places between 23 and 29 November and is led by road safety charity, Brake. As winter draws in and the days become shorter, it is even more important to prevent accidents to children and young people on the road. The Accident Prevention Service (ACAP) at the Trust has some top tips to keep your families safe when walking to and from school and other journeys: -

  • Make holding hands your number one rule for when walking together
  • Teach your child the Green Cross Code - Stop Look and Listen
  • Wear something reflective or brightly coloured when walking in the dark
  • If you are using a buggy/push chair on a hilly street, strap your wrist to the buggy handle then if you slip and let go, the buggy won`t roll away.

Rosemary Acton, Child Safety Lead Practitioner at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

''Practising and talking about road safety with children in a fun way through games can help encourage them to be careful when walking alone, with friends or with parents. Walking is great easy way to exercise and helps build confidence at any age, but as the weather gets colder and the days are darker the paths can become more hazarders so we recommend avoiding distractions such as texting and making calls and giving the road your full attention when crossing""

The largest number of child injuries occur between 8am to 9am and 3pm to 7pm.

During these times there are around 16 deaths or serious injuries to children under 16 years every week which is why the team at the Trust works with schools in the East Lancashire to offer road safety talks.

To find out more about and to access the ACAP service please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Accident-Prevention.

For help and ideas on how to stay safe on the roads, visit www.brake.org.uk