Summer is soon coming to a close and back to school is right around the corner. Ensure your child is safe getting to school and at school with these easy safety tips.
Whether your children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is very important that they take the proper safety precautions. Below are some tips from the National Safety Council to make sure your family gets to school safely.
-Walking to school
- Always walk on the sidewalk. When on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
- Before you cross the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming.
- Never run out in front of a parked car.
- Practice walking to school with your child.
-Riding a bicycle to school
- Make sure your child always wears his or her helmet when leaving the house.
- Teach your children the rules of the road they need to know to ride their bicycles.
- Ride on the right side of the road and in a single file line. Come to a complete stop before crossing the street.
-Riding the bus to school
- Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the bus.
- Make sure your children stand six feet away from the curb.
- If you and your child need to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the side of the road until you are at least 12 feet ahead of the bus.
Many school-related injuries are completely preventable. Follow the National Safety Council’s guidelines to ensure your child’s safety at school.
-Preventing backpack-related injuries
- Don’t over-stuff a backpack; it should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. For example, a child that weighs 60 pounds should carry a backpack no heavier than 12 pounds.
- Ask your children to use both straps when wearing their backpack to evenly distribute the weight.
-Preventing playground-related injuries
- Encourage your child only to use playgrounds with a soft surface. Avoid playgrounds with concrete, grass and dirt surfaces, as they are too hard.
- Children under the age of four should not use climbing equipment.
- Keep an eye on older children when they use climbing equipment.
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