Back-To-School Safety Reviewby CustomHomes on Tuesday, September 20, 2016
I remember my backpack from high school somehow weighing a ton always on the verge of breaking. It was always a blast walking to my home in Hempfield with such a weight and still has affected my posture and how I carry pretty much everything. As the school year begins you, as a parent, will need to prepare and help your child to carry their work home from school. The best way to help is to get a good, sturdy backpack that fits properly. Here is what the National Safety Council (NSC) suggests:
An ergonomic design
The correct size: never wider or longer than your child’s torso and never hanging more than 4 inches below the waist
Padded back and shoulder straps
Hip and chest belts to help transfer some of the weight to the hips and torso
Multiple compartments to better distribute the weight
Compression straps on the sides or bottom to stabilize the contents
With a new, well-fitting backpack your child will not have to strain or struggle as much and will be better suited for the bus ride or walk home. Also be sure to purchase proper carrying cases for sports, musical instruments, or other extra curricular supplies as well. Though they may not be carrying them everyday it can still have a huge impact on their posture and overall health.
If you live in town like Manheim Township or a city there is a good chance your child can walk to and from school. If you and your child decide it is a good idea for them to walk to school then you will need to discuss pedestrian safety, predator dangers, and the buddy system.
The NSC believes children should:
Always cross streets at corners where there are traffic signals and designated crosswalks.
Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
Always walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
Always look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
Be aware of cars that are turning or backing up.
Never run out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Wear retro reflective materials to make sure that you can be seen.
With these tips it is also a good idea to discuss stranger danger and reinforce the buddy system. Do everything you can to make sure your child and the children they are walking with do not walk alone before or after school. This may mean meeting your child at a certain point or continuing to walk with both children until they reach their home safely. If need be have the child text their parents or you when they are in their home safe so you do not have to worry.