ITASCA, Ill., Aug. 15, 2018
ITASCA, Ill., Aug. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 50 million children across the U.S. will go back to public school in the coming weeks.i 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 indicate too few people may consider these issues. Weekday fatal crashes involving teen drivers, for example, peak in the hours before and after school.ii Loading and unloading is the most dangerous time for students who ride a school bus.iii Backpacks injure as many as 14,000 children each year.iv More than 200,000 children go to emergency rooms because of playground-related injuries annually,v concussion diagnoses are on the risevi and 15 percent of teens do not get enough sleep on school nights.vii
"We would never forget back-to-school supplies, but we tend to overlook safety," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "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, the National Safety Council recommends:
For additional back-to-school safety information and tips for parents, visit nsc.org/backtoschool.
About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.
iAccording to the U.S. Department of Education
ii According to NSC analysis of 2016 NHTSA FARS data
iiiAccording to NHTSA
ivAccording to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
vAccording to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
vi According to Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
viiAccording to the National Sleep Foundation
viiiAccording to NHTSA
ixAccording to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
x According to NSC analysis of 2016 NHTSA FARS data
xiAccording to Safe Kids Worldwide
xiiAccording to the American Chiropractic Association
xiiiAccording to National Program for Playground Safety
xivAccording to Children's Hospital of Richmond
xvAccording to National Sleep Foundation
xviAccording to National Sleep Foundation
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SOURCE National Safety Council
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