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Backpack Safety Tips

  • A backpack should not weigh more than 20% of one's body weight.
  • Use both straps on the backpack. The backpack should sit high on your back with both straps snug, but not tight. Using only one strap and carrying the backpack low puts all the weight on one side and causes stress on the back and shoulder muscles.
  • Lift the backpack with both hands, bending the knees and lifting with the legs, not the back. Slinging a heavy backpack over the shoulder with one arm may cause stress on the spine. When this is repeated day after day, continuing stress may result in fatigue and other health problems.
  • Find the right backpack for your height and weight.  Try it out before purchasing it, the material should be strong and lightweight.
  • Use adjustable, padded shoulder straps so the backpack can be adjusted to the child's body without digging into the shoulders.
  • When packing your backpack, only carry essential items. Pack them carefully so that the side resting on your back is flat and not lumpy. 
  • Your backpack is adjusted properly when you are comfortable wearing it on your back without feeling the need to bend forward to counter the weight and without adding pressure to the neck.

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