Health Connection: August 2015

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Don’t overstuff a backpack. It should weigh no more than 10% to 20% of your child’s body weight.

Back-to-School Safety Tips

Whether children walk, ride a bicycle or take the bus to school, it is important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school.

Walking to school

  • Review your walking safety rules.
  • Walk on the sidewalk when available.
  • When on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
  • Before you cross the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming.
  • Never dart out in front of a parked car.
  • Practice walking to school.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks.

Riding a bicycle to school

  • Make sure your child always wears his/ her helmet when leaving the house.
  • Make sure the helmet is fitted and secured properly.
  • Teach your children the rules of the road.
  • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, and in a single file.
  • Come to a complete stop before crossing the street
  • Walk the bike across the street.

Preventing backpack-related injuries

  • Don’t overstuff a backpack. It should weigh no more than 10% to 20% of your child’s body weight.
  • Children should use both straps when wearing their backpack to evenly distribute the weight on their shoulders.

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 (three giant steps) from the curb.
  • If your child needs to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the side of the road until you are 10 feet ahead of the bus. You always should be able to see the bus driver, and the bus driver always should be able to see you.
  • Many school-related injuries are completely preventable. Follow these steps to help ensure your child’s safety at school.

Preventing playground-related injuries

  • Encourage your child to use play- grounds with a soft surface. Avoid playgrounds with concrete surfaces.
  • Children under the age of four should use climbing equipment with assistance and adult supervision.
—Source: National Safety Council

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