Back-to-School Safety

The wheels on the (school) bus go round and round with a new school year now underway. Yakima Fire Dept. (YFD) offers a #backtoschool safety refresher for when you see a bus with flashing red lights or the stop bar out:

YFD also recommends the following safety tips for pedestrians and drivers provided by the National Safety Council (NSC):

  • Never walk while texting.
  • Never cross the street while using an electronic device.
  • Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street.
  • Cross only at crosswalks.

Drivers should be on increased alert when traveling through school zones and should never text and drive. Additionally, YFD reminds drivers:

  • Stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

Call 509-575-6060 or visit for more about the Yakima Fire Department.