6 Steps Of Backpack Safety


1.) Not the Weight Of The World

A Backpack should weigh in at no more than 15{e6c4e4d09cbfcb70eba5dc435d44d7cb2d0e378527800a29222f16d6eea92ea1} of a child’s body weight! So your 80-lb. kid’s pack shouldn’t be more than 12 lbs.! We adults shouldn’t carry more than 20{e6c4e4d09cbfcb70eba5dc435d44d7cb2d0e378527800a29222f16d6eea92ea1} of our weight either.

2.) Lighten Up! (Heavy Down)

Pack the heaviest items at the bottom and back of the pack, lightest stuff on top and in front.

This minimizes backpack sway and reduces stress on the back.

3.) Pad It

Look for padded straps and padded backs to keep books from diging into your child’s spine and shoulder blades. Remember to use BOTH straps!

4.) Strap It On

Use both shoulder straps. Look for a backpack with a waist strap and/or a chest strap to more securely hold the load.

5.) Look Inside

Does your kid look like he/she is struggling to lug a load? Take a look and be sure that he/she needs everything inside.

6.) Watch out

Don’t create a trip hazard by leaving it in the hallway or on the steps.