Back Pack Safety Tips

Backpacks are a very common and practical way for children to carry their books around at school all day. When used correctly they are a good way to transport books as they are designed to distribute weight evenly using some of the strongest muscles in the body. However it is important to bear in mind some safety tips:

  1. Backpacks are designed with two shoulder straps – they both should be used at all times. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder will result is strained muscles and could increase curvature of the spine.
  2. Pick wisely – there are many types available. Select a backpack with wide padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
  3. Weight – A full backpack should never weigh more than 10-20 percent of the students body weight.
  4. Organization – Make sure that the heavier items are packed closest to the center of the back.
  5. Rolling backpacks – Consider purchasing a backpack on wheels if weight of the books is an issue for your child.
  6. Use school lockers. Remind your child that they have a locker t school and to make full use of it so that books for the whole day don’t need to be carried.

To review the safety tips on using back packs from The American Academy of Pediatrics click here.

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