Cycling is a great way to get exercise and enjoy time together as a family, but like many outdoor activities, it carries a risk of injury. Help your kids stay safe while on the move by following the following tips from one of Las Vegas’ children’s hospitals: Sunrise Children’s Hospital.
Enforce Proper Helmet Usage
Bicycle helmets protect kids from dangerous head injuries by absorbing impact, which is why they should be worn every time a child goes riding. In order for the helmet to work properly, it must fit correctly, with the straps snugly secured and the front edge sitting slightly above your child’s eyebrows. Be sure that the helmet is certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and is brand-new with no damage—once a helmet has been in a crash, it is not safe for further use.
Outfit the Bike and Helmet with Reflectors
Even if your children do not ride after dark, reflectors on their bikes can help them be seen by motorists. Make sure that each bike has reflectors on the front, back, and both sides, and help your kids place reflective stickers on their helmets so their heads will be visible even in low-light conditions.
Keep Bikes Safe to Ride
In order for kids to have a fun and stress-free biking experience, they need to be able to properly control the bicycle. Check the height by having your child stand over the bike—the top bar should be less than three inches from your child’s bottom, and the pedals should allow the leg to bend slightly when they are in the “down” position. Each time your child goes riding, make sure the brakes are working, the tires are fully inflated, and no parts are loose.
Encourage Kids to Stay on Sidewalks
Children under ten should not ride in the street. Teach kids how to watch for vehicles entering or exiting driveways, and remind them to stop and look both ways before crossing any street.
Get more summer safety tips by calling Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437. Our Consult-A-Nurse referral line is available 24 hours a day to answer your health questions.