Add a back-to-school safety checklist to your fall preparations

Back-to-school preparations should include more than just new clothes and supplies.

When your young child goes back to or starts school this fall, make a point of adding a safety checklist to your back-to-school preparations. These steps reveal hidden hazards which could result in injury or death.

At home

  • Check for drawstrings on jackets and sweatshirts. There should be no drawstrings on hoods or around the neck; strings anywhere else on the garment should be no more than 3 inches.
  • Loops on window blind cords should be cut; attach separate tassels to prevent entanglement and strangulation. One child a month strangles and dies in the loop of a window blind pull cord or inner cord. 
  • Buy a bike helmet that meets one of the safety standards (U.S. CPSC, Snell, ANSI, ASTM or Canadian), and insist that your child wears it each time they ride their bike. About 900 people, including more than 200 children, are killed annually in bicycle-related incidents.

At school or away

  • On a playground, check the surfaces around the equipment to make sure there is a 9-12-inch depth of wood chips, mulch, sand or pea gravel, or mats made of safety-tested material, to prevent injury. More than 200,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms with injuries associated with playground equipment.
  • Make sure your child’s school has up-to-date information on recalled toys and children’s products. 

For more information and great resources visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission On Safety.

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