According to a nationwide study by Children’s Hospital, there have been 3.2 million children admitted to the emergency room due to toy-related accidents, with many of these accidents related to foot-powered scooters [A]. There has been a recent increase in scooter-usage due to the popular new lightweight scooters. Common injuries that occur from scooter usage are cuts, bruises, fractures, dislocations, strains, and sprains. Although most scooter-related injuries occur to the arms or hands, injuries can also impact legs, feet, and even the head. Scooter-related accidents can lead to serious head injury and even death.
Protect your child:
- Wear an approved helmet:
Helmets are known to prevent 85% of head injuries [B]. Make sure the helmet is approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The helmet should be a tight but comfortable fit on your child’s head. It is important that the helmet does not move from side to side and has a chin strap and buckle.
- Ride scooters on safe surfaces:
Have your child ride the scooter on designated sidewalks and smooth surfaces instead of uneven and dangerous surfaces, such as sand, gravel, and dirt. Additionally, your child should not ride the scooter in bad weather conditions, such as rain, which make surfaces wet and slippery.
- Utilize knee and elbow pads:
It is shown that elbow pads can prevent 82% of elbow-related injuries and knee pads can prevent 32% of knee-related injuries [B]. Although many children (and even adults) will try to avoid wearing these protective pads, they are important for the safety of our children. Explain to your child that even professional athletes wear protective pads. You can even have your child personalize their protective pads!
- Be aware of recalls:
It is important to regularly check the government’s recall site for recent recalls on toys. You should also examine your child’s toy before usage to make sure it is functioning properly. Lastly, it is important to follow the instructions and guidelines by the manufacturer, including age requirements.
Remember – Never allow your child to ride a scooter in the dark and always supervise young children!
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