Scooter Heroes is a fun way of engaging with your kids and approach the subject of using their scooters safely. The comic book can be read with them, and is full of fun activities that they can do. In addition to this we have further advice on how you can keep them safe.
All children should be supervised when riding a scooter. Almost a third of all scooter related injuries and incidents involve children under the age of eight, so give extra supervision to these children.
SET-UP & MAINTENANCE
Make sure the scooter is correctly assembled. Height adjustment should be regularly checked. The rider’s elbows should be at approximate right angles when holding the handles.
A helmet is vital. Investing in knee and elbow pads can also help eliminate most scooter injuries. (Be aware that untied laces, scarves and loose clothing can become tangled, and in the rain, hoods can obscure vision).
CAUTION WHEN SCOOTING
Make sure children are made aware of the need to scoot safely, without causing obstruction,
danger or nuisance to other pedestrians.
RIDING AT NIGHT
Scooters have no facilities for lights, are small and it can be hard for vehicles to see them at night. The safest time to ride a scooter is during the day.
Most scooters are ridden on the pavement. This should not be done in areas where riders are likely to come into conflict with pedestrians. If using the pavement be aware of driveways cutting across the footpath. Drivers often reverse out and may not see a child on a scooter.
- Measure the head around the circumference, just above the eyebrows. Match head size to the size of the helmet printed in the helmet, on a label or on the box.
- Place the helmet squarely on the head and fasten the straps. If it’s loose, use the pads or straps to get a close fit. It should feel snug all the way around but not too tight.
- Once the pads are fitted, place the helmet back on the head. Keep it level, about 3cms above the eyebrows and adjust the outside straps so there is no slackness.
- The front strap should be as vertical as possible. The rear strap should join the front strap just under the ears.
- Fasten the buckle, which should rest under the chin, not on the jaw line.
- Try to move the helmet about on the head. It should not move very much.
Be mindful in all pedestrianised areas. Scooters must not be used inside shopping centres.
JOURNEY TO SCHOOL
Before scooting to school check the storage facilities. Do not scoot inside the school grounds.
CROSSING THE ROAD
Never scoot across the road. When crossing a road have the child walk on one side and push the scooter, with you keeping hold of the child or scooter. The temptation is to scoot off the kerb and across the road. Ensure that the Green Cross Code is used every time and the child dismounts before crossing any road.
Scooters are subject to the Toys Safety Regulations 1995, and must be CE marked. Ideally they should comply with regulations by meeting Toy Safety Standard EN71
A number of local authorities provide some basic scooter training to help your child become proficient and safe. For more information on what is available in your locality