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West Hartford Resident Hoping ‘High Viz for Kids’ Initiative Will Catch On

High Viz For Kids reflector. Submitted photo

Brian Fulco of West Hartford, a participant in the Parent Leadership Training Institute, is undertaking a community project to promote ‘High Viz for Kids’ to ensure that children are more visible to motorists.


High Viz for Kids is an initiative for children of all ages to wear a reflective item so that they may be seen at all times, especially at bus stops, while walking to school, and for Halloween trick-or-treating.

Safety first – “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

It is still dark during daylight savings time and shortly after the clocks move forward in the spring. A high visibility item attached to a backpack such as reflector, glow stick, or flashlight will prevent injuries and save lives.

Crossing guards and bus drivers wear reflective vests because they are “high viz,” which is defined as any clothing worn that has highly-reflective properties or a color that is easily discernible from any background. Most industrial employers require it as a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) to comply with insurance and Occupational Safety and Health Adminiastration (OSHA) regulations.

Please give the kid a reflector in lieu of candy at Halloween, birthdays, and holidays. Please tell everyone to make reflectors cool for kids to sport and merchandise them for your school, sports team, favorite band, or business.

High Viz for Kids is a public service announcement which is shared on Facebook and has been forwarded via electric mail to We-Ha.com, West Hartford Board of Education, West Hartford Police Officers Association, West Hartford YMCA, West Hartford Television, WFSB, WVIT, FOX 61, WPLR 99.1 Chaz and A.J. Morning Show “The Tribe” and WTIC 1080 AM Ray Dunaway Mornings, Hartford Wolfpack, and Hartford Yard Goats. A verbal request for reflectors has been made directly to Widespread Panic Merchandising. Your support is appreciated and we are grateful.

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