Dangling from the backpack--that'??s where my daughter puts anything and everything with a key chain toggle. Currently, she has three Angry Birds stuffed birds and pigs, a squishy orange, a monkey, a lion, a frog, two Floppets, and mini pair of binoculars. Maybe to use to spot other things she can dangle from her backpack.
Now what she has hanging from her backpack might keep her safe.
Safees are these adorable little reflective tags that are big on safety. As pedestrian reflectors, they shine brightly when hit by oncoming headlights, warning drivers that someone is in front of them and that they need to slow down. Think of it: just clip or hang one on your child's clothing or bag and it increases his or her visibility in the dark by up to 500%. That'??s a lifesaving number if I'??ve ever heard one.
Here are some other numbers that will drive the point home. Without a reflector, walking on dark roads, cars can see you first when they're within 25 to 300 feet of you. With a reflector you can be seen as far away as 950 to 1,000 feet. And since almost two-thirds of the pedestrian fatalities occurr when the light condition was either dark or dark but lighted, and approximately 5,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes every year, Safees are no-brainers for people big and small.
Safees aren'??t just those cheap 25 cent reflectors you buy in the grocery store toy vending machines. These prism reflectors are made of durable polystyrene, ad inside the reflector are tiny prisms that give off a reflection effect when light is shone on them. To learn more about retroflection, grab a seat and check out their site. It might shine some light on their incredible quality.
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And your kids won'??t mind the accessory, trust me. Safees come in cute animals and sports icons like horses, owls, dogs, soccer balls and bears. Even the groovy kids remain safely in the cool kid's section with skull, cell phone and city bear styles. The colors are bright and cheery (except the uber-cool styles...those are all black) in pink, green, blue, orange, depending on the design. They attach by a string and pin, but to really up the ante on safe, get the spiral attachment that loops onto anything.
There'??s also a simple and convenient clip-on that might work better the older set (like teens or you), if you don't want a dinosaur dangling from your butt. It attaches to your sleeve, collar, stoller hood or your bag simply by sliding it on. Great for nighttime dog walks or jogs.
A few notes about how to wear these. The safest way is to let your Safees reflector swing freely, so it catches light from all angles. Wear it on your side facing the traffic and when walking, keep them at knee or thigh height (where cars headlights will shine).
Safees are available for $6 on safees.com.
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.
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