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More than 82,000 people are treated in emergency rooms annually for skateboard-related injuries. In 2012, at least 30 skateboarders died, the majority of them under 20 years old.

Here are some skateboard safety tips courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide:

  • Always wear protective gear — a helmet, wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads.
  • Make sure the helmet fits snugly on a child’s head. The rim of the helmet should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows. Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under the ears when buckled. The helmet should not be so tight that the child can’t open and close his/her mouth.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 5 should never ride a skateboard.
  • Children should skate on smooth, dry surfaces located in a well-lit area away from traffic. Areas set aside in public parks are ideal.
  • Teach children to check skates and boards for any loose or broken parts.
  • Teach children to minimize the impact of a fall by crouching down as they lose balance to reduce the distance to the surface.

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