Back to school safety

With kids across Florida heading back to school, parents and teachers are thinking about the ways to keep children safe so they can focus on learning, growing, and having fun. Here are several ways you can help your kids stay safe this year, courtesy of the National Safety Council:
Walking to school:

  1. Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available.  When on a street with no sidewal, walk facing the traffic.
  2. Never dart out in front of a parked car.

Riding a bicycle to school: 

  1. Make sure your child always wears his helmet when leaving the house.
  2. Teach your children the rules of the road they need to know to ride ther 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 the school:

  1. Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the prper way to get on and off the bus
  2. Make sure your children stand six feet away from the curb.
  3. If your child and you need to cross the street in front of the bus, walk lon he side of the road until you are at least 12 feet ahead of the bus.  You should always be able to see he bus driver, and the bus driver always should be able to see you.

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Preventing backpack-related injuries

  1. Chose a backpack for your child carefully.  It should have ergonomically designed features to enhance safety and comfort.
  2. Don’t overstuff a backpack; it should weigh no more than10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
  3. Ask your child to use both straps when wearing their backpack to evenly distribute the weight.

Preventing playground-related injuries

  1. Encourage your child only to use playgrounds with a soft surface.  Avoid playgrounds with concrete, grass and dirt surfaces, as they are too hard.
  2. Children under the age of four should no use climbing equipment and watcholder children when they are climbing.
  3. Do not let your cihldren use monkey bars.  They are unsafe and should not be used by children of any age.

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