The new school year is nearly upon us, which means now is the perfect time for parents and caregivers to brush up on some important back to school safety topics. Every year, the National Safety Council (NSC) compiles a list of useful tips on how families with children can keep their loved ones safe and healthy throughout the school year. To learn how you protect your child this school year, browse through the list of safety topics we assembled from the NSC below.
When it comes to back-to-school safety, there are several important issues to address. Kids and teens sustain school-related injuries in a variety of different scenarios. According to the NSC, there are a few key topics that are crucial for kids and their parents to discuss. Having these important conversations not only educates children on what types of dangers to watch out for, but also helps to reduce preventable – and sometimes even fatal – injuries from happening.
If your child walks to school, it is important to establish a set of rules beforehand. Make sure to sit down and talk about the following:
Approximately 23 million elementary and secondary school children ride the bus to school each day. Before they take the bus, discuss, and practice some basic safety rules with your child. The NSC says that bus riders should always:
Some children walk to school, others bike or take the bus, and some hitch a ride with their parents, siblings, or caregivers. Car accidents kill tens of thousands of people each year and injure millions more. Most of these accidents are preventable, but not unless drivers pledge to:
Biking to school is great exercise and can help bolster your child’s independence, but it is accompanied by a few risks that are important to chat about. Before your child bikes to school alone, practice the route with them. Here are some other ways you can teach your child about the rules of the road and how to bike safely:
Tragically, the NSC reports that car accidents are the number one cause of death for teens. You can take the following steps to reduce preventable accidents:
Even backpacks come along with some potential hazards. When picking out a backpack for your child, make sure to choose one with ergonomic design features that enhance both your child’s physical safety and comfort. Here are some other tips for avoiding preventable backpack-related injuries:
Plenty of kids and teens play sports. Minor playground and sports-related injuries, like bumps, bruises, and scrapes, are bound to happen. But it is extremely important to take steps to guard against certain types of severe injuries. For example, to reduce strangulation dangers, the NSC recommends making your child leave all necklaces and jackets with drawstrings at home. If your child was playing sports or took a bad fall and sustained a head injury, it is important to check for symptoms associated with a concussion or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Here are some common symptoms of head injuries to watch out for:
If you believe your child may have a concussion or a traumatic brain injury, it is advisable to seek medical care right away.
We all know that the weeks leading up to the new school year can be an overwhelming and hectic time, but they also mark your child’s growth and progress as they enter the next grade. To ensure that your child has the best chance at a seamless transition into the upcoming school year, take a few minutes to go over these important useful safety topics together.
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