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Health Tip: Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

(HealthDay News) -- You've probably heard of "distracted driving," but what about "distracted walking?"

Largely due to the immense popularity of cell phones, pedestrian deaths reached nearly 6,000 in the United States last year, a 9 percent jump over 2015, the National Safety Council says.

Walking remains a great way to get healthy exercise, but you should keep your "head up and phone down" during your stroll, the council urges.

Here are its recommendations:

  • Look left, right and left again before crossing the street.

  • Make sure drivers see you by making eye contact. Remember that vehicles have blind spots.

  • Don't wear headphones while walking.

  • Never use a cell phone or other electronic device while walking.

  • Never assume a car will stop for you.

  • Children younger than 10 should cross the street with an adult.

  • Cross the street only at a designated crosswalk.

  • Wear bright or reflective clothing.

  • Walk in groups.

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