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Bicycle / In-Line Skating / Skateboarding Safety - Prevention

Buying the right bicycle:

It is important to ride a bike that is the right size. In addition, consider the following recommendations:

Buying the right helmet:

Although helmets can cost between $13 and $50, they can save money by possibly preventing a visit to the emergency room. When shopping for a helmet, make sure it meets the following requirements:

Some helmets are multi-sport, which can be used for in-line-skating, skateboarding, bicycling, or other wheel sports. Helmets that specifically are called "bicycle helmets" are designed only for that sport. Helmets come in many sizes and varieties, including many infant sizes.

Proper helmet wear:

Helmets come with sponge pads that adjust to fit the head. A properly-fitted helmet should meet the following requirements:

Road rules:

Consider the following traffic and road rules:

Special Note: Avoid riding your bicycle, in-line skates, or skateboard during non-daylight hours or during bad weather. If you ride at night, make sure your bicycle has a headlight, flashing taillight, and reflectors.

In-line skates:

Even experienced in-line skaters can crash and sustain injuries. The following recommendations were derived from the National Safety Council and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

Skateboards:

Skateboards should never be used on surface streets. Even experienced skateboarders can fall, so learning how to fall safely can help reduce the risk of severe injuries. The following are recommendations from the National Safety Council about how to fall correctly:

When riding a skateboard, all traffic rules should be obeyed. Other safety precautions to take when skateboarding include the following:

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