Students are returning to school, which brings with it the potential for many different types of injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 5,401 children between the ages of five and 14 die each year. The leading cause of injury for kids under 15 is accidents that result in unintentional injuries.
The National Safety Council (NSC) has provided a comprehensive list of some of the ways in which parents, kids and schools can put safety in the forefront and help to prevent injuries that could change a young person’s life. If your child is injured during the school year, it is important to understand your legal rights. A personal injury lawyer can help you to determine if anyone is responsible for your child’s injury.
Back to School Safety Tips and Advice
The NSC has published a checklist related to transportation safety as children go back to school. Tips to reduce the chances of a child being injured include the following:
- Reviewing walking safety rules including staying on the sidewalk when possible and looking both ways before crossing the street.
- Doing a practice walk to school with your child if your child will be walking on his or her own.
- Ensuring that children who bike to school always wear a helmet and that they obey the rules of the road including coming to a complete stop before crossing and riding on the correct side of the road.
- Going to the bus stop to teach children who ride the bus about best practices for safety, including standing at least six feet away from the curb and crossing the road at least 12 feet ahead of the bus driver.
In addition to transportation safety, kids could also suffer injuries as a result of their backpacks or when playing on school playgrounds. The NSC’s safety checklist also provides backpack safety tips including the following:
- Choosing a backpack carefully to ensure it is comfortable for a child.
- Avoiding over-stuffing a backpack and making sure that it does not weigh any more than 10 to 20 percent of a child’s body weight.
- Asking children to use both of the backpack’s straps when carrying a backpack so the weight will be evenly distributed.
Finally, tips for preventing playground injuries include the following:
- Encourage children only to play on playgrounds where there is a soft surface. If your school has a concrete, dirt or grass surface, ask the district to change to a safer material in case of falls.
- Ensure that older children are watched while using climbing equipment. Schools should have playground attendants or supervisors to limit the chances of students getting hurt.
- Prohibit the use of monkey bars. Schools should not make this dangerous climbing equipment available to young people.
If schools, parents and students all work together, hopefully kids can have a safe and successful school year and the risk of injury can be significantly reduced.
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