Kids love wheels. And they love their freedom. Today's skateboards, hoverboards and Rollerblading are great ways for kids to get around — and get some great exercise. But when kids roll around, and roll around fast, injuries are bound to happen.
Here are some safety tips courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide:
- Always wear protective gear — a helmet, wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads.
- Make sure the helmet fits snugly on a child’s head. The rim of the helmet should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows. Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under the ears when buckled. The helmet should not be so tight that the child can’t open and close his/her mouth.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 5 should never ride a skateboard.
- Children should skate on smooth, dry surfaces located in a well-lit area away from traffic. Areas set aside in public parks are ideal.
- Teach children to check skates and boards for any loose or broken parts.
- Teach children to minimize the impact of a fall by crouching down as they lose balance to reduce the distance to the surface.
• Safe Kids Worldwide