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Itasca, IL – More than 50 million children across the U.S. will go back to public school in the coming weeks. Between back-to-school shopping, finalizing classes and meeting teachers, the National Safety Council urges parents to slow down and ask themselves five simple questions that directly impact children’s and teens’ safety:
Data indicates too few people may consider these issues. Weekday fatal crashes involving teen drivers, for example, peak in the hours before and after school. Loading and unloading is the most dangerous time for students who ride a school bus. Backpacks injure as many as 14,000 children each year. More than 200,000 children go to emergency rooms because of playground-related injuries annually, concussion diagnoses are on the rise and 15% of teens do not get enough sleep on school nights.
“We would never forget back-to-school supplies, but we tend to overlook safety,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “While unintentional injury deaths are the leading cause of fatalities involving school-age children, we often spend more time discussing first-day-of-school outfits than safety.”
To help ensure a safer back-to-school season, NSC recommends:
For additional back-to-school safety information and tips for parents, visit nsc.org/backtoschool.
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