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School safety issues spotlighted 
as new school year nears

Students, parents and the public are encouraged to get up to speed about safety issues that arise with the upcoming school year. Most elementary and post-secondary schools in the Sparta and Tomah area will begin Tuesday, Sept. 1.

While many focus on reports of violence in schools, research indicates that school-age children are nine times more likely to sustain an unintentional injury ó whether on the playground or in school ó rather than being the victim of violence while at school.

School supplies and clothing are two other safety topics that often donít get the proper attention.

Parents and students should avoid purchasing clothing with drawstrings as it might get caught in playground equipment. Appliances bought for use in college dorms should be UL approved, and electronic items, such as coffee pots and heaters, should have automatic shut-off devices.

Loaded backpacks should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of a studentís total weight. Organize the backpack to use all compartments and pack heavier items closest to the center of the back.

Choose a backpack with wide, padded, shoulder straps and a padded back and always use both shoulder straps.

Think about safety when riding to school on a bus, in a car, on a bicycle or motorcycle or when on foot. Everyone using the motorways must be aware of school bus and school zone laws.

Some good Web sites for school safety include, but are not limited to, http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Back_to_School.shtml, http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cfocus/cfschho06/focus.htm or http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/america.html.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, visit the Safety Web site at https://extranet.mccoy.army.mil and click on the safety tab or call the Installation Safety Office at 608-388-3403.

(Story compiled from information supplied by the Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office.)


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