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COMMUNITY WIDE: Backpack Safety

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Kids will soon head back to school, and most of them will carry all of their books and supplies in back packs.

Kids will soon head back to school, and most of them will carry all of their books and supplies in back packs.

They carry a lot of stuff, and some argue that they carry too much.

If backpacks are loaded down with too much weight, the risk of kids suffering from injuries increases.

According to kidshealth.org, improper backpack use can also lead to bad posture, backpacks with tight, narrow straps that dig into the shoulders can interfere with circulation and nerves, and kids who wear their backpacks over just one shoulder might develop lower and upper back pain and strain their shoulders and neck.

Experts say that backpacks shouldn’t be over 10% to 15% of your child's body weight and to use a bathroom scale to check how heavy it is.