While on Wheels
Guarding Your Teen
Teens think they're invincible, but it's still important they wear protective gear, including helmets, elbow pads and wrist guards while riding a scooter, roller blading or skateboarding.
Stop and Think Before You Skate
It's best to ride on well‑paved, smooth roads with little traffic. Try avoiding busy streets, gravel roads or private driveways, and only skate when it's light outside.
A properly fitting helmet is critical to keep your teen safe. There should always be room for 1–2 fingers above the eyebrows, the straps form a "V" under the ears when buckled, and the helmet should be tight when your teen opens his or her mouth.
Get the Low Down on Helmets
There are some great resources out there to help ensure your children's helmets fit to keep them safe. Check out this helmet fitting sheet and visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to learn of any recalls.