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Scooter Safety

By Jean Campbell

Kids need to practice scooter safety; accidents are on the rise.

image of a red ryder for scooter safety

Red Ryder Scooter

Scooters have stood the test of time, with each generation enjoying scooters in one form or another. Scooters are great fun…a speedy way to get around. Today, there are even scooters for toddlers!

With the promise of fun comes the reminder that scooter safety is a very important consideration.

Over one third of all scooter accidents occur in children under eight years of age.

Scooter safety for young children is best summed up as follows:

  • A helmet, knee pads and elbow pads must be worn whenever a child rides a scooter. No matter if it is summer and hot or they are just going a short distance
  • Children under eight must be supervised when riding a scooter.
  • Scooters need to be ridden on smooth, paved surfaces schoolyards, parks and sidewalks
  • Riders must remember that the street is not a safe place to ride.
  • If they ride on sidewalks, people walking on the sidewalk have the right of way.

To insure scooter safety, children need to learn how to scoot from an adult, just as they do for bike riding and skateboarding.

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