Published on Aug 25, 2011 by Edgar Snyder

Getting the Kids Ready to Go Back to School? Keep Safety on Your Mind

safe children on school bus

It's that time again – parents are heading to stores and buying back-to-school supplies to get their children ready for a new school year.

I thought it would be good to give a few reminders about basic school safety. Following these simple tips could help prevent injuries and keep your kids safe and healthy:

  • Ask school officials if the playground equipment has been inspected. Broken equipment can pose safety hazards to kids.
  • Children should stay 'five big steps' behind the curb when waiting for the bus. They should also wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before trying to get onto it and off of it.
  • Always tell your kids to look both ways and be careful when crossing the street. Remind them to use crosswalks – especially ones with crossing guards when possible.
  • Make sure their food is kept at a proper temperature so it doesn't spoil. I recently did a blog about packed lunches and food safety.
  • Check that your kids don't leave the house with strings or straps hanging from their clothes or backpacks. They can cause tripping hazards or get stuck in doors.
  • If your child walks to school, follow the route a few times on your own to check for potential safety hazards like abandoned buildings, overgrown bushes that obstruct the sidewalk, aggressive dogs, etc. If you notice any, you can help your kids find a route that has as few safety hazards as possible.
  • If your kids will be coming home close to dusk, have them wear or pack light-colored or reflective clothing, and remind them to stay alert for drivers and other dangers.
  • Be sure your kids know to never take any pills given to them by anyone other than a school nurse. If your child has any medical needs, talk with the school nurse to make necessary preparations.

Accidents are possible no matter what you do to prevent them, but by following these suggestions you can help minimize their chances of getting hurt. For more accident information, you can visit our law firm's website at

I hope you and your kids have a happy and healthy school year!

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