Back to School Safety

Back to School Safety

by Ralph R. Manento, Owner – Royal Security Services, Inc.

As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect.  Safety should be a priority for every family as children return to classrooms this fall.  It is important for parents to stay up-to –date on the proper safety precautions and share this information with their children to keep safe throughout the school year.

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

Transportation Safety……

Walking to school:

  • Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available. 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 dart 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.
  • 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 your child and you 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. You always should be able to see the bus driver, and the bus driver should be able to see you.

School Safety …..

Many school-related injuries are completely preventable.  Follow these steps to ensure your child’s safety at school…

Preventing backpack-related injuries:

  • Choose a backpack for your child carefully. It should have ergonomically designed features to enhance safety and comfort.
  • Don’t overstuff a backpack; it should weigh no more than 10 to 20 per cent of your child’s body weight.

** For example, a child that weighs 60 lbs. 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 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 and watch older children when they’re climbing.
  • Do not let your children use monkey bars. They are unsafe and should not be used by children of any age.

For more information on Back to School safety contact the National Safety Council at the following number: (800)621-7619, or contact us at 570-992-6502.