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Skating Along

Youngsters should take safety precautions

Kids love to go in-line skating and skateboarding in summer. It's a great way to get some exercise and escape the couch-potato syndrome. Still, parents should advise their children about the dangers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says make sure your kids wear helmets (check for proper fit), knee and elbow pads and wrist guards. Also, tell kids to never hang onto a moving vehicle while skating, a practice called "skitching." People have been killed trying that stunt.

The CDC also says children new to in-line skating should take lessons from a certified instructor. One usually can be found through your local parks and recreation department.

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