Dunkin Donuts’ Hasbro 4 Safety brought us Dr. Mark Zonfrillo, MD Pediatric Emergency Medicine, to discuss the following tips for keeping safe while playing sports and during this Halloween season.
Safety while while skateboarding, rollerblading, or biking:
- Helmets must properly fit. Most parents out there know that helmets will help keep their kids from sustaining a serious brain injury, but if they are not worn properly, they won’t do much of anything.
- The first thing you want to do is to make sure you have the correct size. There are youth and adult helmets. You can do this by measuring your child’s head and discovering whether they will fit into a youth or adult size.
- Once you have bought your helmet, you want to place it on your child’s head, making sure you have two finger widths between the helmet and the eyebrows.
- Next buckle the straps. They should make a “V” shape right under the ear. The helmet should be snug but not too tight. No more than 1-2 fingers should fit under the chin strap.
- Have your child open their mouth wide! The helmet should pull down on the head. If not, it’s too loose and needs to be tightened.
- Bike helmets are recommended for scooters and rollerblades. There are different style helmets recommended for skateboarding but you would fit the helmet in the same way.
- Do not allow children under age 12 to walk the streets on alone. It is important to supervise and walk in groups.
- Kids should also be wearing glow sticks or carrying flashlights. The 4-Safety program has been handing out these awesome clip-on light-up reflectors at their community events which are fantastic for Halloween night and also great for your bicycle.
You can go to the 4-Safety webpage (www.4-safety.org) and check out their calendar of upcoming events to get your own reflector clip and stay safe this Halloween.