Kids are always on the move. But with this mobility comes the risk of serious injury. Help keep your child injury free by making sure all safety precautions are taken before he or she heads out on a bike, skateboard or scooter.
Rule No. 1: A helmet is a must. Only 15 percent to 25 percent of kiddie bikers wear helmets, even though they can prevent life-threatening head injuries and concussions. When purchasing a helmet, make sure it fits, and that it has a Consumer Product Safety Commission sticker, which means it meets or exceeds that organization’s standards. The helmet should always be worn level, covering your child’s forehead, with the strap fastened.
Once you’ve got your child’s noggin protected, check that these other safety measures are in place: