Monthly Archives: August 2014

School Bus Safety: Be Prepared, Not Scared

Photo of kids getting aboard school bus

Posted by David Friedman, 8/25/14; Courtesy of US  Department of Transportation 

It’s that time of year again, when our kids start making their way from home to school. For those of you who are putting a child on a school bus for the very first time, I know first-hand that it can be a nerve-wracking experience. My wife and I recently put our young son on one of those big yellow buses for the very first time.

We had many questions —will he be nervous when it sinks in that we’re not getting on the bus too, will he make new friends, will he like kindergarten, and will he get a great education? Most of all, there was that feeling of powerless when he eagerly stepped aboard and waved goodbye from his seat for the very first time.

But, as a concerned dad and Acting Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, I had checked the numbers. School buses are the safest way to get to school, even safer than in the family car. And when you are sending your little one off for a first solo adventure, I hope that fact will bring you comfort.

When it comes to school buses, the real safety challenge is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus; that’s actually when the risk for injury is greatest.

So, if your children ride the school bus, please walk with them to the bus stop and wait with them until they get on the school bus. And to make the school bus trip even safer, prepare kids for getting on and off the bus by sharing these keys for school bus safety:

  • Be especially careful around the school bus “danger zone,” which is the 10 feet in front, behind, and on each side of the bus.
  • Wait until the driver says it is safe to board. Then get on one at a time.
  • Once on the school bus, go directly to your seat and sit down facing forward. Remain in your seat facing forward when the school bus is moving.
  • To cross the street once you’re off the school bus, walk five giant steps from the front of the bus, cross in front of the bus when the driver indicates it is safe, stop at the edge of the bus – look left-right-left again for traffic, and if there’s no traffic, cross the street.
  • Ask the driver for help if you drop something while getting on or off the school bus.
  • Keep your loose items inside your backpack or book bag.
  • Be respectful of the school bus driver, and always obey his or her instructions.

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Check Out the Redesigned Child Passenger Safety Charts!

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has released redesigned child passenger safety charts that provide valuable insight for child passenger safety technicians, educators, researchers, and policymakers. Based on data collected through CHOP’s Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) study, the charts have been graphically updated for use in presentations and other educational settings. Each is available in both PDF and PowerPoint format for easy use.

The update of the charts was made possible through generous support from the Association of Global Automakers, which represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations with a goal to create public policy that improves motor vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation and protects our planet.

The nine charts are available online here. Please use the buttons below to share via social media!

Courtesy of Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) 

Congratulations to Dr. Robert W. Schulze for being Appointed Chief of Surgical Critical Care!





Please join in congratulating Dr. Robert W. Schulze, Attending Surgeon, Sections of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Boston Medical Center andAssociate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, has been appointedChief of Surgical Critical Care


Robert W. Schulze, MD, FACS, FCCM 


Dr. Schulze is a graduate of Boston University (BA, MA, MD). He completed a residency in General Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ, and a Fellowship in Trauma and Critical Care at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. In addition, Dr. Schulze completed a research fellowship at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA. 


Prior to joining BMC/BUSM, Dr. Schulze was most recently Director of Surgical Nutrition and Surgical Critical Care at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY andAttending Physician of Surgery at Kings County Hospital Center also in Brooklyn, NY.


Dr. Schulze has authored and co-authored numerous chapters and scientific publications and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. His research and clinical interests include surgical education, ARDS, advanced ventilator management, sepsis, pre-hospital trauma care and violence prevention programs.    


Please join in congratulating Dr. Schulze on this appointment. 

Support the White House Petition Drive to Stop Needless Child Deaths in Hot Vehicle.

The Safety Institute asks for your help to support the White House Petition Drive to Stop Needless Child Deaths in Hot Vehicle. 

August 4, 2014

The 19th child to die of vehicular-related heat stroke was a 3-year-old boy discovered Wednesday after dying inside a hot car at his home in Sylmar, California. The entire family was napping when somehow the young boy got out of the home and entered the family vehicle., the leading national organization solely dedicated to keeping children safe in and around motor vehicles, has noted an increase in the number of heat stroke deaths this year involving children who have entered unlocked vehicles on their own. On a national basis, for the past 20 years, approximately 30 percent of children die in hot cars when they get inside on their own. This year seven of the 19, or 37 percent of children, have died in these circumstances. launched a “We the People” petition drive on the White House petition website.  The petition will urge the White House to authorize the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to:

  • Provide funding for research and development of innovative technology to detect a child in the rear seat when a driver leaves the vehicle and a child is left alone.
  • Identify, evaluate and test new technology to accelerate implementation of the most feasible and effective solutions.
  • Require installation of technology in ALL vehicles and/or child safety seats to prevent children from being left alone in vehicles
  • Go to the White House petition website and sign the petition.

Make kids safer in and around motor vehicles by helping us spread the word!  Post the petition on Facebook, websites and other social media sites.

Courtesy of Safety Institute.