Now that summer vacations are over, and children are returning to school, a safety reminder is always welcomed. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC) has released a new guide of back to school safety reminders. While many of these are not groundbreaking, a yearly reminder is always a good idea to keep our children safe!
The report includes these tips:
- CPSC approved bicycle helmets. For a guide of which helmets are approved or best for which activities, this link may be helpful.
- Avoid Drawstrings. Hood or neck drawstrings can be a choking hazard, particularly on playground equipment.
- For budding soccer stars, parents should make sure the goals are safe, as unsecured movable soccer goals can fall and injure or kill children.
- Keep on top of recalled products through news sources and the CPSC’s website
Here are some other tips for back to school safety:
- A child’s backpack should be well supported and not too heavy. It should have wide, padded shoulder straps, a padded back, and never weigh more than 10-20% of the student’s body weight.
- Buckle up on the school bus if there are seat belts. If you school doesn’t provide seatbelts, encourage the school board to reconsider the minimal cost.
The following links may also be helpful: http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/augschool.cfm; http://www.rd.com/back-to-school-safety-tips/article11221.html; http://www.redcross.org/article/0,1072,0_276_5556,00.html; http://school.familyeducation.com/back-to-school/safety/37951.html