Top Safety Items for Back to School Shopping

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Back to school shopping has officially begun!  In addition to the school supply list that your kids will get from their teacher here are some items that will keep them safe as well as prepared.

Choose a good back pack –  Doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs.  Backpacks with tight, narrow straps that dig into the shoulders can interfere with circulation and nerves.  Look for a backpack that’s lightweight with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back and a waist belt.

Smart Watch GPS tracker – While I understand why kids aren’t allowed to have their phones in class, nowadays I worry about my daughter being able to reach me in the event of an accident or emergency.  With a Smart Watch not only can she reach me but I can track exactly where she is when she’s coming home from school.

Keep them visible – When it starts getting darker earlier and your kids are coming home from afterschool activities make sure they can be seen by cars on the road.  Reflective tape added to backpacks or jackets can help.

Mosquito repellant – West Nile virus is a serious concern in many states.  As of July 24, 2018, a total of 36 states have reported West Nile virus infections.   With kids out on the playground or on class trips make sure they are protected with mosquito repellant as well as sunscreen.  Look for a repellant that’s waterproof and lasts for the entire time your child’s in school.

Personal alarms – For older kids in high school and college, keep them safe as they’re coming home or going back to their dorm room.  A personal alarm can be attached to a backpack or key chain to call for help as they’re walking home, to their car or on public transportation.

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