5 Back-to-School Safety Tips

Here are some ways to keep your children safe this school year:

  1. Riding the Bus

Make sure children stand at least six feet away (or 3 giant steps) from the curb.

  1. Backpack Safety

Don’t overstuff a backpack; it should weigh no more than 20 percent of your child’s body weight.

  1. Riding a Bike

Cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of head injury by an estimated 60 percent.

  1. Walking to School

When on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic. Never dart out in front of a parked car.

  1. Sports

Did you know that the sport with the highest concussion risk for males is football and for females is soccer? If a concussion is left untreated, it could lead to permanent brain damage. Signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Confusion
  • Glassy eyes
  • Disorientation
  • Clumsiness or poor balance
  • Forgetfulness
  • Slowed speech
  • Changes in mood, behavior or personality

Learn how Consumers Energy is teaming up with students and teachers at ConsumersEnergy.com/kids.