Home > Kids > Childhood Safety > School Safety > Back-to-School Safety Tips
|

Back-to-School Safety Tips

Back to school? Time for a safety check. Use this list to prevent your kids from harm at school, at home, and at play.

Playgrounds
Each year, more than 200,000 kids are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for playground-associated injuries. Most of these injuries occur when a child falls from the equipment. Take a look at the surfaces of your local playground. There should be a 12-inch depth of wood chips, mulch, sand, or pea gravel, or mats made of safety-tested rubber or fiber material. (This surface will prevent possible head injuries in case a child falls.) Here are more tips for checking the safety of public playgrounds.

Bike Helmets
Since a growing number of kids are riding their bikes to school, make sure your kids always wear their helmets. All bike helmets manufactured or sold in the U.S. are required to meet federal safety standards. Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent. There is one exception: Kids shouldn't wear bike helmets when playing -- especially on playground equipment.

Backpacks
Textbooks, notebooks, lunch, toys... how much weight is your child toting back and forth each day? Take the load off your child by following these backpack safety tips.

Soccer
Many people don't associate soccer with injury. One source of trouble is the soccer goal. To prevent soccer goals from tipping over, make sure they're anchored into the ground. You can use the following:

  • auger-style anchors that screw into the ground;
  • semi-permanent anchors, which require a permanently secured base that is buried underground combined with the use of tethers or bolts to secure the goal;
  • peg, stake, or j-hook style anchors that are driven into the ground; or
  • sandbags or counterweights if the goals are indoors.

Jacket and Sweatshirt Drawstrings
Drawstrings may look trendy, but they can get caught on lots of stuff, including elevators, playground equipment, and cribs. Remove drawstrings on hoods or around the neck of clothing. If drawstrings at the waist or bottom of an article of clothing are looking a tad long, trim them down to no longer than three inches.

Loops on Window Blind Cords
Look at the blinds in your house, or at your child's daycare or school. You or the teacher should cut the loop on two-corded horizontal blinds and attach separate tassels to keep kids from getting entangled in the cords. Vertical blinds, continuous loop systems, and drapery cords use looped cords to function. Do not cut these loops. Instead, install a permanent tie-down device.

|


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

jack-o'-lantern creator

Design and print
your own
jack-o’-
lanterns!

GO

highlights

Top 10 Group Halloween Costumes for Families
These store-bought and Pinterest-inspired Halloween costume ideas for groups are the perfect way to show off your creative side at your Halloween party or while trick-or-treating.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

12 Spine-Tingling Halloween Movies for Teens
Are you looking for a movie with just a little bit of spook-factor for your teen? Check out these 12 spine-tingling Halloween movies!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!