Back-to-school safety guideline
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As children head back to school,
they and their parents have lots to do
to be ready for the fi rst days of school.
Clothing and supplies may be top priorities,
but families also should focus
on safety as the fi rst day of school
The following are some key tips
families can keep in mind to ensure
a healthy and happy upcoming school
School bus safety
The National Highway Traffi c
Safety Administration says that school
buses are the safest way for children to
travel to and from school. The majority
of school bus-related injuries occur
while students are boarding and getting
off the bus. Over the last 10 years,
the NHTSA says nearly two-thirds of
school-age pedestrians who were fatally
injured by school buses or other
vehicles were hurt after being struck
while entering or exiting the bus.
While at the bus stop, children must
remember to stay at least fi ve large
steps away from the road and wait to
board until the driver says so. When
leaving the bus, students should make
sure there is no oncoming traffi c and
wait for a signal from the bus driver
before crossing busy streets.
While on the bus, observe the rules
and stay seated at all times. Keep the
center aisle clear of backpacks.
Students may walk or bike to school
if the school permits. School tends to
begin during the morning rush hour,
so students must exercise extreme caution
when walking or biking to school.
Stick to sidewalks whenever possible
when walking. Cyclists should follow
the rules of the road, including riding
in the same direction as traffi c. Choose
the safest route as a family and practice
it before the fi rst day of school, advises
the security company ADT.
Choose an ergonomically designed
backpack to enhance safety
and comfort. Backpacks should
weigh no more than 5 to 10 percent
of the child’s body weight, advises
the National Safety Council. Rolling
backpacks should be avoided since
they are a tripping hazard.
With a new school year on the
horizon, students and their parents
can discuss school safety so
the year starts off on the right foot.