Step 1: Choose Right.
Choosing the right size backpack is the most important step to safe backpack use.
Tip: Bring a friend to help you measure your backpack properly.
Step 2: Pack Right.
The maximum weight of the loaded backpack should not exceed 15 % of your body weight, so pack only what is needed. Ie: If you weight 100 pounds, then your backpack should not exceed 15 pounds of weight.
Use this formula: Your weight (lb) x .15 = Maximum backpack weight allowed
Tip: If the backpack forces the wearer to move forward to carry, it's overloaded.
Step 3: Lift Right.
Face the Pack -Bend at the Knees - Use both hands and check the weight of the pack.
- Lift with the legs - Apply one shoulder strap and then the other.
Tip: Don't sling the backpack onto one shoulder.
Step 4: Wear Right.
Use both shoulder straps - snug, but not too tight.
Tip: When the backpack has a waist strap - use it.
Remember that we do backpack safety checks on all our patients for free.
More info can be found at http://www.backpacksafe.com/