Camping & Hiking Safety for School Children

Before each camping or hiking trip, parents and caregivers should review safety tips and teach children what to do if they become lost. While camping or hiking, point out any landmarks in the area that young children may be able to use as a reference.

Teach school-age children not to wander away from where they first became lost, go to the nearest safe spot if necessary (sheltered spot safe from rain or cold/heat), and make noise to attract attention (give the child a whistle to use in an emergency).

Firework Safety for School Children

Adult supervision does not ensure firework safety and school-age children should not be near fireworks of any kind. Even sparklers can be dangerous for children since they burn at temperatures above 1,000 degrees F. Most pediatricians and fire safety experts recommend that families attend public fireworks displays and avoid any private use of fireworks.

Injuries involving fireworks often involve the hands, eyes, head, and face. Severe injury can result in permanent blindness, the loss of fingers or hands, or death.

Bleacher Safety for School Children

Falls from sporting event bleachers result in thousands of emergency room visits each year. Parents and caregivers should take the following steps to help prevent falls:

  • Take extra care in supervising young children on gymnasium and athletic field bleachers.
  • Do not allow children to play or climb on bleachers.
  • While climbing up or down bleachers, hold the child's hand until he or she is safely seated or on the floor or ground.

Shopping Cart Safety for School Children

Thousands of children are treated in emergency rooms each year for injuries involving shopping carts. Not all shopping carts conform to safety standards; for example, smaller shopping carts can tip easily and some carts may not have safety belts.

While using a shopping cart:

  • Never leave a young child unattended (not even for a second).
  • Do not allow children to stand in the cart or on the outside of the cart, or to sit in the basket area of the cart.
  • Do not let children push the cart (especially with another child inside).
  • Read and follow any safety advice on the cart.

Escalator Safety for School Children

Never bring strollers, walkers, or carts on an escalator. Although, most rides on escalators are harmless, injuries involving school-age children do occur. Wearing, soft-sided, flexible, slip-on shoes increases the risk for escalator injuries.

When riding an escalator with a child, take the following precautions:

  • Make sure the child's shoelaces are tied.
  • Hold the child's hand.
  • Face forward and stand in the center of the step.
  • Know where the shut-off button is located.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 27 Aug 2008

Last Modified: 05 Oct 2015