Nowadays more kids are riding scooters and skateboards more than ever. It rivals the amount of kids riding bikes. So it’s important to follow some of the same safety rules as riding a bike. Did you know more than 150,000 people are treated in hospitals for skateboard/skating/scooter related injuries each year. That is way too many!
The American Academy of Pediatrics has set guidelines for children’s safety when it comes to riding scooters and skateboards. First children should be at least 5 years old before being allowed to ride a scooter and at least 10 years old before they can get on a skateboard.
Here are their tips when riding this spring or summer!
– Kids should always wear protective gear. This includes a helmet, wrist guards, and knee pads. And make sure the helmet fits snug.
– Wear protective padding. It’s always a good idea to wear protective padding along with a long sleeve shirt and long pants. This will protect your kids in a fall.
– Never allow your kids to ride in bare feet or sandals. Always wear well constructed shoes to protect their feet.
– Discourage kids from riding in the street or other public places. This includes the parking lot of your grocery store, or town hall.
– Remind kids of the dangers of risky tricks and stunts. Boundaries need to be set when it comes to stunts. And make sure you warn your kids about skitching. This is when kids hold on to the back of cars or trucks. And supervision should be a must when kids want to try something new.
– Refrain from setting up your own ramps and jumps. Use already constructed ramps when trying tricks. Those set up at home are much more dangerous.
– Never allow your kids to ride at night.
– Allow only one person at a time on a scooter or skateboard.
– Only ride on smooth surfaces. Uneven pavement or gravel will up your kids chances of a fall, especially beginners.
Remind your kids that safety is your number one priority. And be firm on following these guidelines so your kids stay safe.