School summer holidays warning for Hertfordshire children issued by ambulance bosses

PUBLISHED: 15:17 26 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:23 26 July 2013

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AMBULANCE chiefs in Hertfordshire have warned children to stay safe as they break up for the school summer holidays.

The service’s Rob Ashford, said: “During the summer holidays, more families are out and about making the most of their time off and making the most of nice weather.

“It’s important, however, that people keep safety at the front of their minds, and parents and guardians should ensure that their children are fully aware on how best to stay safe while playing outside unaccompanied.

“We’re advising they teach their children about road safety, ensuring that they know to look both ways before crossing the roads, use pedestrian and zebra crossings where possible, and not to play near to major roads so as to help avoid children running after wayward toys and balls.”

He added: “Sadly we do see an increase in road traffic collisions involving children over the summer period, but by following the Green Cross Code families can help to ensure a safer summer.”

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