Backpack Safety Awareness
Backpack Safety for Adults and Children
Safe backpack use tip #1: Choose Right:
Safe Backpacks: Choosing the correct size backpack is the most important step to safe backpack use.
Tip: Bring a friend to help you measure your backpack properly.
Safe backpack use tip #2: Pack Right:
The maximum weight of the loaded backpack should not exceed 15% of your body weight, so pack only what is needed.
Tip: If the backpack forces the wearer to bend forward to carry, it’s overloaded.
Safe backpack use tip #3: Lift Right:
- Face the pack.
- Bend at the knees.
- Use both hands and check weight of the pack.
- Lift with the legs.
- Apply one shoulder strap then the other.
Tip: Do not sling the backpack onto one shoulder
Safe backpack use tip #4:Wear Right:
Use both shoulder straps—keep them snug, but not too tight.
Tip: When the backpack has a waist strap, use it.