As summer draws to a close and the kids head back to school, we’d
do well to remember that forgotten habits can sometimes lead to accidents.
While our schools do all they can to keep our children safe, occasionally
classroom injuries occur, especially when kids become careless. When are
the children most at risk, and what can they do to stay safe?
For elementary school children, the playground is perhaps the most common
place to sustain injury (monkey bars are a likely culprit), with running
in school hallways taking a close second. Rugged jeans with reinforced
knees can protect against severe scrapes from falling. Remind children
to be careful on monkey bars and avoid large leaps. If the playground
area is built on concrete or blacktop, petition the school to install
Physical Education/After School Sports
P.E. and sports programs can often yield injuries, especially in the beginning
of the school year when young people and teens aren’t quite used
to the routine. Stretching exercises before running or jogging can reduce
the risk of muscle pulls and similar injuries. Also, remind the kids to
wear protective padding during contact sports.
Chemical reactions or spills can cause small explosions, smoke inhalation
and chemical burns when young people aren’t being mindful (which
happens often). Children should always wear protective eyewear and gloves
when handling volatile substances, and
never mix chemicals without direct supervision by the chemistry instructor.
Woodworking, metal working, auto mechanics and similar elective courses
can also lead to injury. Even home economics poses some risk when children
are using kitchen knives and working near hot surfaces. Make sure your
children always wear the appropriate protective gear in workshop classes,
and never roughhouse around power tools or hot stoves.
For additional back-to-school safety tips for the kids, check out our post
here. If your child sustains a school-related injury and you feel negligence
may be involved, contact our
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to see how we can help.