Travelling to School
Keep your children safe as they travel to school - whether walking, cycling or going by car or bus.
Check out the RSA’s guide “Going to School – A parent’s guide to getting children to school safely”
Road Safety message - The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are appealing to parents, guardians and teachers to ensure road safety and, in particular, seatbelt safety is on the back to school lesson plan for all school children. Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson, Road Safety Authority said: “A child cannot be responsible for their own safety. It’s up to us as responsible adults to do the right thing to ensure their safety. Every child travelling in a car must use a child car seat or wear a seatbelt. I am urging parents to ensure that children are safely and securely restrained, even on the shortest trip.” Visit www.rsa.ie for more information on road safety.
The NSAI recommends that a school bag should not be more than 15% of the child's body weight.
A bag with a strap that goes over each shoulder can help distribute weight evenly.
Pack the bag so that heavier items are closer to the back of the backpack, next to the body.
Leave unnecessary items at home or in the school locker.
Check uniform length, adjusting it so that it does not drag on the ground and trip the child up.
Avoid clothes with any drawstrings on the hood or around the neck.
Drawstrings at the waist or bottom of jackets should extend no more than three inches long to prevent catching in car and school bus doors or getting caught on playground equipment.
Safety gear should be sport-specific - it may include items such as goggles, mouth guards, helmets, and shin, elbow and knee pads.
All safety gear should fit properly.
A helmet should always be worn whilst doing activities such as cycling, skateboarding, playing hurling or camogie etc - research indicates that a properly fitted helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%.
Sports equipment (goalposts, hurleys, bats, etc) should be in good condition.
Any playing area should be free from debris and water.
Be satisfied that sporting activities, including practice sessions, are well organised and that your child is safe and happy whilst participating.
Window blind safety
Childcare providers in crèches, playschools and schools should check that window blinds are compliant with current safety standards. For further details on information on the standards that apply contact the National Standards Authority of Ireland or the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
Read more about child safety dangers at windows and balconies.
Check toys for a CE mark
Make sure that the CE mark is displayed on all toys.
Some toys may also display the standard mark for toys, EN 71. This shows that the toy meets the essential safety requirements of the European Toy Safety Directive.
Read more about toy safety.
Be sure that your children know their home phone number and address, your work number and the number of another trusted adult.
Teach your child when and how to call 999 or 112.
Most unintentional injuries (often called accidents) can be prevented:
Remember the key message where child safety is concerned -
Watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger
Images: Pedestrian crossing road sign © Sergey Salivon;