Health Tip: Foot-Propelled Scooters Can Be Dangerous

Children should wear helmets

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(HealthDay News) -- They may be on every child's Christmas list, but foot-propelled scooters may pose serious physical risks if not used properly.

Health Canada recommends that scooters only be used by children over 5 years old. It is also recommended that children under eight always be under an adult's supervision.

To reduce the risk of injury, children who use scooters should always wear a certified helmet, as well as elbow pads and kneepads.

When a child is riding a foot-propelled scooter, it should always be used in the daytime, on smooth surfaces and in areas with limited traffic. The child should firmly grip the handles.

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