What to do after an accident

  • Try to remain calm
  • Immediately find a trusted adult or police officer
  • If an adult is not present, call the Police at 9-1-1 or “0” for operator
  • State the problem
  • Give your full name and address
  • Don’t hang up until you’re told to do so

Stay safe while riding a bicycle

  • Always wear a helmet–head injuries can be very serious
  • Wear proper clothes and reflectors
  • Don’t ride double
  • Follow traffic
  • Use hand signals when stopping and turning
  • Walk your bike across busy intersections
  • Make sure your bike has proper safety equipment such as lights and reflectors
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Ride single file when biking with others

What you should do when someone offers you drugs or alcohol

  • Say no–it takes courage to do what’s right
  • Change the subject, or suggest other sports or activities
  • Walk away
  • Choose friends who avoid alcohol and/or drugs
  • If the person starts to pressure you, call the police or tell an adult

What to do if you find drugs or needles

  • Leave the area
  • Tell a trusted adult or police officer about what you found and where you found it
  • If there is no adult, dial 9-1-1 or “0” for operator

What to do when someone picks a fight

  • Try to convince them you have no desire to fight. It takes more courage to walk away than it does to fight
  • Take a step back
  • Get the facts straight
  • Be willing to listen
  • Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong
  • Discuss ways to solve the problem
  • Remember- fighting is not the answer to solving a problem

What to do in case of a fire

  • First thing: Stay calm, stay low, leave the building immediately
  • Call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s house
  • Do not attempt to put out the fire yourself, no matter how small

Practicing fire safety

  • Never play with matches or a lighter
  • Always be careful around a stove, heater or open fire
  • Do not cook without an adult present
  • If your clothes do catch on fire, “Stop, drop and roll.”
  • If your friend’s clothes start on fire, yell: “Stop, drop and roll.”
  • Do not run if your clothes start on fire
  • Get an adult to help, or call 9-1-1 or “0” for operator

What to do if you find a knife, gun or other weapon

  • DO NOT TOUCH! – no matter where you find it
  • Leave it alone and tell a trusted adult right away
  • If there is no adult, call 9-1-1 or “0” for operator
  • Tell them who you are and where you are
  • Don’t hang up until you are told to do so

What to do if you're lost

  • Stay calm and alert
  • Stay where you are and think–your parents or group may be looking for you
  • Give them a chance to find you
  • If no one comes for you soon, look for a police officer or other trusted adult
  • Make sure you know your address and phone number
  • If all else fails, call 9-1-1 (9-1-1 calls are free on pay phones)

What to do if your friend swallows poison

  • Try to remain calm
  • Try to keep them still and calm
  • Save the poison container–it tells others what bad poisons are in it
  • Call 9-1-1 if no adult is present
  • State the problem briefly
  • Give your full name and the address
  • Remain on the phone for questions and instructions

How to be safe in water

  • Never participate in water sports alone
  • Always use the buddy system when in or near water
  • Make sure you have adult permission and supervision
  • Be familiar with safety equipment and know where it is located
  • Do not participate in outdoor sports in bad weather
  • If someone is drowning, get help immediately
  • If there is a telephone near, call 9-1-1 right away

Why you should wear safety belts

  • Seatbelts save lives
  • In 1998, over 11,000 people’s lives were saved because they were wearing their safety belts
  • Motor vehicle crashes are among the leading causes of death among children
  • Even if your parents do not wear theirs, you should wear yours
  • It’s the law!

Why you shouldn't smoke

  • Tobacco kills over 400,000 people a year–that’s more than AIDS, murder, suicide, alcohol, illicit drugs, and traffic accidents COMBINED!
  • Smoking causes many health problems, such as lung problems, heart problems and cancer
  • Teenagers find it hard to quit–out of the 72% that tried to quit, only 13% were successful
  • Adults are even less successful
  • It is very expensive, and is becoming more expensive every year
  • It makes you smell bad
  • It makes your teeth yellow

You can stay free from smoking

  • It takes a lot of courage to stay away from addictive substances
  • Tell your friends not to smoke
  • If anyone you know does smoke, explain the dangers and help them quit
  • Even if your parents smoke, don’t start–they wish that they never did
  • Get involved in lots of other activities that you enjoy
  • Don’t ever start–that way you will never be faced with trying to quit
  • Walk away if anyone ever pressures you to smoke
  • Be yourself and make the right decisions.