Safe Routes to School Palo Alto

 

Scooters and Skateboard Safety

Always wear protective gear

Avoid getting hurt by making sure your helmet and pads are on correctly. Your helmet should be tightly buckled, with the front coming down to right over your eyebrow, and your pads should be on tight, so they don't slip while you are skating or boarding.

 

It's also important that your helmet is approved by one of the groups who test helmets: the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), or Snell B-95 standards are best for inline skating helmets.

 

Before you ride, give your board a safety check to make sure everything is put together right.  If you do tricks with your board, you may also want to wear gloves with wrist guards.

 

It's best to go skating out of the way of traffic and other people (skating rinks are great places to skate).

Starting Out

If you're just starting out, skate on a smooth, flat surface so you can practice keeping control of your board. Make sure you are always in control of your speed, turns and stops, and be careful of cracks in the pavement where you are skating — they can be dangerous if your wheels get caught in them.

 

And no matter how experienced you are — never hold on to the back of a moving vehicle! It's best to skate out of the way of traffic and other people (skate parks are great places to skate).

 

If you are skating in streets near your house, be aware of cars and people around you, and stay out of their way. Also, once the sun sets, it's a good idea to put up your board for the night, since skating in the dark can be dangerous.