Scooters, Skates, and Boards - Wearing a Helmet

Scooters are a lot of fun to ride, but it is easy for kids to get hurt. Nearly 85 percent of the injuries occurred to children under 15 years of age.

More than 60 percent of injuries could be prevented or reduced in severity if protective safety gear is worn.

Safety Tips

  • Supervise children ages 8 and under when they ride scooters.
  • Give your child’s scooter a safety check each time before he 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 the scooter’s capabilities, and how to control speed, turn and stop.
  • Make your children wear 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 the child’s vision, movement or hearing.
  • Do not let your child ride barefoot. Shoes with rubber soles provide good traction.
  • Encourage children to ride their scooters on smooth, dry, paved surfaces.
  • Tell them to avoid riding on gravel, sand, dirt or other uneven surfaces.
  • Caution children to watch out for wet or oily surfaces, which are slippery.
  • Allow only one person on a scooter at a time.
  • Never let your child ride his scooter in the street or on busy sidewalks.
  • Never let a child hitch a ride by holding on to a moving car or other vehicle.
  • Teach your child to obey city laws and the Rules of the Road.
  • Tell your child to walk his scooter down steep hills.
  • Do not let children ride scooters at night.
  • Help your child learn to fall by practicing on a soft surface or in the grass.Injury Prevention Skateboard cartoon

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 are to the arms and hands.