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Hector Demonstrates Safety When Skateboarding and Skating

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

safetyHector is a very good skateboarder. When he is not skateboarding, he is skating. Hector always follows the safety standards for skateboarding and skating.

The first Saturday after school started, Hector helped Coach Campbell  by demonstrating good safety practices when skating and skateboarding . The safety session was held at the “Can Do” Street Recreation Center.

Coach Campbell spoke to parents and “Can Do” kids, saying, “Before you put on skates or get on a skateboard, you need to know about safety when having fun. Let’s go over what you need to know.

  • Parents, you will need to help your child replace wheels as soon as they show signs of wear, and make sure they are clean and free of debris.
  • Kids, you need to wear a properly fitting, safety-certified helmet every time you skate or use a skateboard.
  • Kids, you also need to wear elbow and knee pads, as well as wrist guards.
  • Be careful where you choose to skate and skateboard. Most accidents happen on public roads, in parking lots and on sidewalks.
  • Kids, watch other skaters, walkers, bicyclists, and cars that use the same areas where you choose to skate and skateboard.
  • Parents, please make sure your child learns the proper skating techniques. The recreation center offers a free skating class. It is a good idea for all children to learn about skating and skateboarding from those who know how to do it.”

Boys and girls at home…do you know how to skate or skateboard? Do you follow the safety rules for skating and skateboarding?


Hector Demonstrates Skateboarding Safety

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

skateboarding Hector loves to skateboard and he is really good at it! The instructor, who teaches the skateboarding class at the community center, has Hector demonstrate skateboarding.

Hector is smart and so are his parents. Before he tried using the skateboard he got for his birthday last year, he took a class on how to be safe and have fun skateboarding. Now he helps other kids to learn what he learned in class last year.

The instructor begins each class by going over the need for safety when skateboarding. He reminds parents and children that as much fun as skateboarding can be, it can also cause accidents if you don’t know what you are doing and are not wearing safety gear.

Here is what he shares:

Children under age 5 years old should never ride a skateboard.
Children aged 6 to 10 years old need close supervision from an adult when they ride a skateboard.

Wear proper protective equipment

Before getting on your skateboard, empty your pockets of all hard and sharp objects and put on your protective gear.

Aways wear your gear whether or not you are simply going from one point to another or attempting a new trick or not.

Wear your gear every trip, every trick, every time. Essential protective equipment includes:

A properly fitting helmet
Wrist guards
Knee and elbow pads

To protect your head from injury, always wear a properly fitting helmet. This is true no matter what your age, level of experience or location where you are skateboarding.

Get a quality bicycle or multi-sport helmet. It should meet or exceed safety standards of the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or Snell Memorial Foundation. You may need to try on several sizes and models to find a helmet that fits your head correctly and securely.

A properly fitting helmet:

  • Is worn flat on your head with the bottom edge parallel to the ground
  • Sits low on your forehead but does not interfere with your movement, vision or hearing
  • Has side straps that form a “V” shape around each ear
  • Has a buckle that fastens tightly (there should be room to put only two fingers between the strap and your chin)
  • Has pads inside that you install or remove so the helmet fits snug
  • Does not move in any direction when you shake your head in any direction
  • Replace your helmet when it is damaged, outgrown or at least every five years. You may need to replace it sooner if the manufacturer recommends it.

How to Fall
Learning how to fall may help reduce the chances of a serious injury. If you are losing your balance, crouch down on the skateboard so that you will not have as far to fall.

Tips for Using a Skateboard

  • Give your skateboard a safety check each time before you ride.
  • Always wear safety gear.
  • Never ride in the street.
  • Obey the city laws. Observe traffic and areas where you can and cannot skate.
  • Don’t skate in crowds of non-skaters.
  • Don’t skate on another person’s or business’ private property.
  • Only one person per skateboard.
  • Never hitch a ride from a car, bicycle, etc (skitching).
  • Learn to fall—practice falling on a soft surface or grass.

After the instructor finishes talking about safety, Hector demonstrates putting on gear, how to check out the skateboard before using it, the proper way to skateboard and how to fall. Then the instructor invites the class to try skateboarding.

At the end of the class, the instructor reminds kids to, “Practice safety, wear gear, only skate with adult supervision and you will have fun skateboarding”!

Sources:  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), The National Safety Council offers these skateboarding tips: