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:

  1. Face the pack.
  2. Bend at the knees.
  3. Use both hands and check weight of the pack.
  4. Lift with the legs.
  5. 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.