With kids across San Diego preparing to head back to school, parents and teachers are starting to think about the ways to keep children safe so they can focus on learning, growing, and having fun. Here are five ways you can help your kids stay safe this year, courtesy of the National Safety Council:
- Practice safety tips for transportation. If your child walks, talk about the importance of using the sidewalk and looking both ways before crossing streets. If your child rides the bus, show him or her where to stand when the bus arrives, staying at least six feet from the road, and how to cross the road safely.
- Choose a backpack that fits your child correctly. Show children how to use both straps to evenly distribute a backpack’s weight.
- Avoid overstuffing backpacks. A backpack should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of a child’s body weight.
- Talk about “safe” and “unsafe” surfaces for playgrounds. Encourage kids to choose to play on safe, soft surfaces, like sand, wood chips, or rubber mats, and to avoid surfaces like concrete or packed earth.
- Teach kids under four to avoid climbing equipment. Children older than four can be encouraged to supervise younger kids on the playground.
If you or your child suffers injury this school year, the experienced San Diego school accident lawyers at Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers can help you understand your legal options and take the steps necessary to protect you and your family. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.