Back to School Accident Stats

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1172 of the fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes between 2006 and 2015 were school-related

It’s that time of year again, where your children are preparing to start or go back to school. We know how important it is for you and your family to be aware of the latest back to school stats and safety tips.

Check out these school-transportation-related stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2006-2015:

  • 1,172 of the fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes between 2006 and 2015 were school-related.
  • 102 youth under the age of 18 have died in school-related crashes in these years
  • In 2015, 113 occupants of school buses were killed in accidents while 940 occupants of other non-school vehicles were killed.
  • 23 people between 14-18 years old were killed in occupant vehicles while 53 occupant teens 19 and older were killed during those years
  • 33 youth who were occupants in non-school vehicles were killed between 3-4 p.m.
  • 64% of school pedestrians fatally injured in crashes were hit by school buses and vehicles operating as school buses
  • 36% of school pedestrians were fatally injured by non-school vehicles of several types
  • Out of the 34 single-vehicle crashes for these years, 20 of the accidents were due to striking a fixed object

Considering these stats, here are some back to school safety tips from the NHTSA to keep in mind:

  • When waiting for the school bus, avoid being less than five steps away from the curb
  • Let the bus driver tell your children when to get on the bus
  • Sit forward in your seat on the bus
  • Always walk on the sidewalk as much as possible when walking to school
  • Avoid horse playing when walking near the street
  • Always use crosswalks when they are available
  • Avoid distracted driving
  • Make sure all passengers are buckled up before driving
  • Maintain proper car seats and booster seats for passengers

Along with these safety tips, remind your children of the importance of back to school safety. If you have children who drive themselves to school, make sure they’re also aware of these important tips to ensure safe driving.

We understand how important it is for your children to have a safe and successful school year. We know these stats and safety tips will help you and your family to make a smooth back to school transition.


Fire Suppression Systems Protect Property and Save Lives

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Constructing a new building with sprinkler protection requires careful evaluation of the building design, construction, location, intended occupancy, and water supply to ensure effective operation of the system. The building occupant is a major consideration in designing a sprinkler system. The system will be designed to properly safeguard against the hazards inherent to that occupancy. For example, the sprinkler system designed for an office building would be greatly different than that of a woodworking operation. Older buildings can be retrofit with sprinkler protection, but that often mandates renovations to prepare it for the installation. This can be quite expensive.

There are six major types of sprinkler systems. While each of these systems is different, all have one thing in common: All include a system of pipes to carry water from the source to the sprinklers.

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