Backpacks Can Easily Become a Tripping Hazard In A Crowded Classroom or Hallway
Backpacks are a great for your child to carry their school supplies and textbooks; however, they can cause additional injuries. If you have ever been to a classroom, most of the time the classrooms are small and cramped. In fact, there usually isn’t much room for your personal belongings to fit underneath your desk. Often times your backpack might even extend out in the aisle and cause you or another student to trip and fall over your backpack.
Heavy, Overstuffed Backpacks Can Easily Hurt Someone
A backpack that is heavy and stuffed full often takes up more room than students realize especially in crowded areas such as a hallway, bus or classroom aisle. If you have ever stood at your locker and quickly turned around, more than likely your backpack has bumped into someone. Depending on how much weight is in your child’s backpack, your child could accidentally hurt someone. If your child’s backpack falls off of a chair, desk, or out of your locker, it could easily hurt someone. An overweight backpack can also cause your child to fall because it changes the way they walk or makes them lose their balance easier.
Teach Your Child How to Properly Pick Up a Heavy Backpack
A heavy backpack should always be lifted with your legs and not your back. To properly lift a backpack your child should bend at the knees into a squatting position. Then pick it using their leg muscles while keeping their hips square, carefully lift the back up to your shoulders and put on the shoulders one strap at a time.
Choosing the Right Backpack For Your Child
I realize that your child probably wants a backpack that looks cool but it is important for your child to choose a backpack that is made of a sturdy, lightweight material. Your child’s backpack should fit properly. Backpacks that is too big for your child can easily be stuffed full. An overstuffed backpack can increase your child’s risk of injuries. Have your child try on the backpack and if possible add some weight to it at the store. Confirm that it fits your child properly before you purchase it. Tighten the straps so that they properly fit your child. Once the straps are tightened properly, the bottom of the backpack should sit about 2 inches above your child’s waist. Also look for a backpack that has the following features:
- A backpack that has multiple compartments will help evenly distribute the weight and reduce your child’s risk of injury as long as they don’t go over their maximum weight limit.
- Find a backpack that has a waist strap. A waist strap will help distribute some of the weight onto your child’s hips. It also helps distribute the weight load across your child’s body.
- Try to find a backpack with padded back. It can help protect your child’s back from objects poking your child in the back.
- Always choose a backpack that has wide, padded straps.
Does your child’s backpack fit properly? Has your child ever complained of being injured at school from backpack?