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Back to school safety tips

The school year has begun. And, while rush for back to school shopping is hopefully over, child safety is still the number one thing on parents’ minds. Many schools have joined the Let’s Move! initiative, started by the first lady, whose mission is to fight childhood obesity.

The initiative is trying to further its goal by encouraging kids to walk or bike to school. Whether you’re participating in the program or your child already bikes to school, you want to be sure that he or she has the proper safety equipment.

Helmets are a key piece of safety equipment for anyone riding a bike. Here are a few tips for picking the right helmet for your child:

• Make sure the helmet fits snuggly and doesn’t move up and down or side to side. Some helmets are adjustable. Check the adjustability before trying it on.

• Check to see if the helmet is marked with the U.S Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) stamp of approval. By law, all helmets sold in the U.S. must meet the CPSC standard.

• Make sure the helmet isn’t missing any components. All helmets should have a liner, a shell, and straps. Some helmets come with a strap that is designed to accommodate ponytails.

To speak with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm about your child’s safety concerns dial 866-264-7639, for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.