- Overloaded backpacks can injure kids. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, thousands of kids suffer backpack-related injuries each year. And, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) warns parents to pay attention to children’s posture and signs of back stress. On their website they list several suggestions for helping children avoid pain and injury from wearing a backpack.
- Playgrounds can contain hidden dangers. Look for things such as dangerous hardware (open “S” hooks or protruding bolt ends); sharp points/edges; inadequate play surface padding (at least 12 inches of wood chips, sand, etc., or safety-tested mats); insufficient supervision. The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers some “Kidd Safety” tips.
- Crossing Streets Safely can be challenging. SafeKidsUSA and FedEx have created “Safe Kids Walk this Way” to teach safe behavior to motorists and students and offer these tips. Also, review What Every Driver Must Know from the Michigan Secretary of State’s office for instructions on how to respond to stopped school buses. Yellow lights flashing = prepare to stop. Red lights flashing and bus is stopped = stop no closer than 20 feet from the bus.
- Packed lunches need to contain non-perishable food. Looking for some interesting ideas? CADL has a few titles to provide delicious, healthy and safe meals for students. Here are some: Brown Bag Success: Making Healthy Lunches your Kids Won’t Trade, Paula Deen’s Cookbook for the Lunch-box Set, Vegan Lunch Box Around the World, The Lunchbox Book, and Lunch Boxes and Snacks: Over 120 Healthy Recipes.
– Eunice B., Reference Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing