Back to School Safety Tips

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It’s almost that time of year again when parents and children are gearing up to exchange their summer routines for their back-to-school schedule. As a parent, your main concern is your children’s happiness and safety. While you cannot be with your children 24/7, there are steps you can take to keep your child out of harm’s way and to make sure your child knows how to keep themselves safe when you may not be around.  Practice these tips with your children before sending them to school alone.

School Bus Safety

Unless you drive each of your children to school every morning, they will need to learn proper safety precautions for riding the bus. Children spend a considerable amount of time on the school bus, so it is of the utmost importance that they learn at a young age how to behave on the bus.

  • Always arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes early to allow for unexpected hold-ups such as weather issues, forgetting items, or an out-of-the-ordinary bus schedule.
  • Stay out of the street at all times.
  • Be sure the bus comes to a complete stop before getting on or off.
  • Remain seated while on the bus.
  • Never distract the driver.
  • Do not walk closely in front of the bus. This is the driver’s “blind spot”.

Child Safety Tips for Walking to School

  • Use the same route every day and never use shortcuts.
  • Go straight home after school. Always check-in with your parents and ask permission before going anywhere.
  • Always use sidewalks and public, open streets when walking to school.
  • Learn what traffic signals and signs mean and obey what they say.
  • Only cross streets at designated spots.
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Do not run across the street. Always walk.
  • Stranger danger is serious! Do not talk to strangers!
  • If possible, try to walk with someone else. There is safety in numbers.

Clothing and School Supplies Safety Tips

  • Believe it or not, backpacks can be cause serious injury. Buy backpacks that have wide straps and plenty of padding in the back and shoulders. Also, make sure your children do not over stuff their bags. Backpacks should not weigh more than 10 to 15% of your child’s weight.
  • When packing a backpack, always place the heavier items in furthest away from the child’s back.
  • Make sure the backpack you buy is built for an even distribution of weight.
  • Make sure that all art supplies are non-toxic and child-safe. Check to make sure you see “CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236″ on the packaging.
  • Make sure your child’s school is up-to-date on the latest recalled products and toys.

Keep your children safe this school year with these simple tips!

{These safety tips are from Protection 1®. Protection 1 is the 2nd largest U.S. security company that offers business security systems as well as home security products. Visit Protection 1® today for more  tips and information.}

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