Spring is here and students will soon want to ride their bikes, scooters, and skateboards. Helmets are mandatory for anyone under 18 years old – it’s the law! Students who ride a bike, scooter, or skateboard to school without a helmet will not be allowed to ride home. They will have to leave it at school and take the school bus home.
But there is more to kids and wheels than just helmets. Helmets do a great job of preventing head injuries in minor crashes and falls. But to avoid having crashes, children also need:
- to know the rules of the road and how to watch for traffic.
- a bike with working brakes and properly inflated tires.
- equipment that is the right size.
- examples of safe riding and wheeling by adults and older youth.
For more information about safe wheeling, visit www.safekidscanada.com or call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 to speak with a public health nurse.