(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.