School has started and we must consider important safety measures for our children who use backpacks.
1. Choose Right
Choosing the right size backpack is the most important step to safe backpack use.
2. Pack Right
The maximum weight of the backpack should not exceed 15% of your child's weight, so pack
only what is needed.
Tip: If the backpack forces the wearer to move forward to carry it, then the backpack is
3. Lift Right
Face the pack--Bend at the knees--Use both hands and check the weight of the bag.
Lift with the legs. Apply one shoulder strap, then the other strap.
Tip: Don't sling the backpack onto one shoulder to carry the load of your books.
4. Wear Right
Use both shoulder straps, snug, but not too tight. Buckle the waistband for greater
Tip: When the backpack has a waistband, use it!