Back To School Safety Tips

Back To School Safety Tips

Posted 08/06/2014

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It’s about that time for the start of another school year! While kids are busy making new friends and getting reacquainted with last year’s buddies, parents are running checklists in their head to make sure they haven’t forgotten anything, from the pencils to the fruit in the lunchbox. But with everything on a parent’s to-do list this time of year, one item ranks above all else: your child’s safety.

To help you navigate amidst the madness and ensure that your little one will be as protected as possible in their busy environment, we’ve prepared a few “back-to-school” safety tips to keep in mind:

On the go!

Whether your kids walk, bike, bus or ride in the car with you to school, their safety is essential. Do you live close enough to walk to school? Make sure your kids never run, and always look both ways before crossing the street. If they choose to ride their bikes, make sure they know the proper hand signals and always wear a helmet. Here’s a handy guide for bike safety, and three steps to make sure you child’s helmet fits properly.

When you’re driving around even after school hours, pay attention to little ones that may be walking around, and be sure to tell your friends to do the same. If you have a new teen-driver, stress the importance of responsible driving, seat belts, and no texting, for their safety and the safety of others.

On the playground (and in the classroom)

A new school year brings new friends, as well as a bunch of new germs! Make sure your kids know how important good hand-washing habits are and even send them with antibacterial liquid or wipes to stop any spreading. Many store-bought hand sanitizers can dry your hands out so try a simple, homemade hand sanitizer recipe that kills germ on contact!

Powering the little ones up with good nutrition will help with their overall health and their ability to fight off viruses as well. There are many foods that strengthen the immune system, like yogurt, berries, fish and food rich in Vitamin C. Incorporating these in their breakfast before school and in their lunchboxes can help your little one ward off those unwanted infections. When packing a lunch, ensure the food stays cool with proper insulation and ice packs. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even make your own reusable ice packs!

For more back-to-school safety tips, check out our Pinterest board. Have a great (and safe) school year!