Slick Summer Safety

Taking the kids camping this month? Planning a family hiking trip? For everyone hauling cumbersome outdoor gear, remember these backpack safety tips to prevent back and shoulder injuries.

Use both shoulder straps to distribute the backpack’s weight and keep posture aligned.

Wear the backpack over the strongest mid-back muscles, and make sure the straps are not too loose. The backpack shouldn’t fall below the low back.

Share the load; a too-heavy backpack forces its wearer to lean forward, causing misaligned posture and overworked muscles.

Bend at the knees and use your legs to properly lift the backpack.

Choose a pack with a padded back, supportive hip and chest belts, extra compartments to distribute items, and reflective material for nighttime visibility.

Source: National Safety Council