It’s that time of the year again!
Parents and caregivers have pencils, binders, backpacks and notebooks on their back-to-school shopping list. But, as the countdown begins and students head back to school, what should you have on the back-to-school “safety” list?
Here are a few things you should pencil in:
- If your child bikes to school, make sure he/she has the appropriate helmet that fits his/her head properly and is worn correctly. Check out “Which Helmet for Which Activity” for guidance.
- Make sure playground equipment has been inspected and maintained. There are more than 200,000 injuries on playground each year—and many of them are serious. Our Public Playground Safety Handbook is a great source to learn about how to design and install a safer playground.
- Take the drawstrings out of your child’s jackets and sweatshirts to prevent a strangulation hazard on playgrounds and school bus doors.
- Visit CPSC.gov to check for recalls on your new and used back to school products.
- Be sure to check out our ABCs of school safety video with former CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum:
A. Always wear the right helmet
B. Be safe and have fun
C. Careful with the clothing, Mom and Dad.
At CPSC, we hope all kids have a safe school year and do great in the classroom.