Another year of learning is beginning as families send their children back to school. In light of the new school year, KID has pulled together some safety tips for a safe school year.
Clothing. When shopping for clothing, avoid clothing with drawstrings in hoodies and other cold weather clothes, since they post a strangulation hazard. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon that clothing items are recalled for hazards such as choking or flammability. You can check for recalls throughout the school year at SaferProducts.gov.
School supplies. Schools supplies may also pose risks when recalls and hazards go unchecked. In May 2018, Coloration recalled their extra-large crayons due to a laceration hazard. Two reports where filed in which glass was found in the red crayon! Similarly, a recent report by US PIRG found that Playskool crayons contained trace amounts of asbestos. Be aware of cases such as these when shopping for supplies or accepting donations.
School transportation. Whether your child walks, bikes, or gets a ride to school, it’s important to maintain awareness of your surroundings. Teach your child to avoid distracted walking, which is common while using technology and can result in road injury. Insist on a helmet if your child is using a bicycle, scooter or hoverboard. Invest in a new helmet if your helmet has been in an accident or been recalled. Recent helmet recalls include the Helmets R Us Rollerblade helmet and the Louis Garneau Bicycle Helmet.