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Tips on backpack safety

Safety | August 11, 2017
Help your child avoid unnecessary strain & pain

This school year and year-round, there are ways to prevent the neck, shoulder and back strain caused by an overly large or overloaded backpack.

Recommendations include:

  • Check frequently that your child is not carrying more than 15 percent of his or her body weight in the backpack. 
To calculate the maximum weight recommendation, multiply your child's weight x .15 = maximum weight of their backpack
  • Encourage your child to store as many items as possible in their locker rather than their backpack.
  • Help your child understand how to properly wear a backpack--keeping straps on both shoulders, adjusting the straps to fit snugly and using the waist strap.
  • Teach your child how to distribute the weight properly by putting the heaviest items low and near the center of the back.

Tips for choosing a backpack:

  • Shoulder straps should be wide and padded to help distribute the weight evenly.
  • Choose sturdy material to help prevent sharp objects from poking through.
  • Use a waist strap to hold the pack close to the body.
  • Multiple compartments help with organization and can even out the weight distribution.

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