Most kids in America do not want to hear it, but school is almost here. While most of them will be worrying about what outfit they are going to wear the first day, they need to brush up on some back to school safety. Below are some tips on how to keep your kids safe while they are getting back into the groove of going to school.
Back packs should be never wider or longer than your child’s torso and never be hanging more than 4 inches below the waist
Backpacks should not weigh more than 10 to 15 percent of a child’s body weight.
Make sure your child’s backpack has a reflective material on it.
School Bus Safety
According to NHTSA, more school age pedestrians are killed during the hours right before and after school. Here are some school bus safety tips.
When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness
Do not stray onto the street, alleys or private property
Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches
Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus
If you have to cross in front of the bus, first walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the driver
Make sure the driver can see you
Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing
When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic change
Drop Zone Safety
Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.
When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all traffic laws.
Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children.
Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.
Be aware of and watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, in school parking lots, etc.
Hopefully, these tips will keep your child safe at school. If you would like to know more about back to school safety, please visit the National Safety Council