Scooters, Skates & Boards
Scooters, skates, and skateboards are a lot of fun to ride, but they can easily cause injury to kids. There are typically more than 20,000 emergency room visits per year as a result , and nearly 85 percent of those occur to children under 15 years of age. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates more than 60 percent of injuries could be prevented or reduced in severity if protective safety gear is worn.
- Supervise your child when they ride scooters, skates, and skateboards, if they are 8 or younger
- Give your child’s equipment a safety check each time before they rides. Check that the handlebars and steering column are locked in place. Check for loose, broken or cracked parts. Make sure all nuts and bolts are secure.
- Make sure your child knows his or her capabilities, and how to control speed, turn and stop.
- Make your child wears safety gear at all times, including a helmet, wrist guards and elbow and knee pads. Ensure the gear fits properly and does not interfere with your child’s vision, movement or hearing.
- Do not let your child ride barefoot. Shoes with rubber soles provide good traction.
- Encourage your child to ride on smooth, dry, paved surfaces.
- Tell your child to avoid riding on gravel, sand, dirt or other uneven surfaces.
- Caution your child to watch out for wet or oily surfaces, which are slippery.
- Allow only one person on a scooter or skateboard at a time.
- Never let your child ride in the street or on busy sidewalks.
- Never let a child hitch a ride by holding onto a moving car or other vehicle.
- Teach your child to obey city laws.
- Tell your child to walk down steep hills.
- Do not let your child ride at night.
- Help your child learn to fall by practicing on a soft surface or in the grass.
Teach your child to do the following if they fall:
- Roll with the fall.
- Relax. Do not stiffen up.
- Land on the fleshy parts of the body.
- Do not try to absorb the force of the fall with your arms. Most fracture and dislocation injuries from scooters, skates, and skateboards are to the arms and hands.