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.