Next up in our series on summer safety for children is another tip to make sure you and your loved ones have a safe and healthy summer. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released an extensive list of summer safety tips for 2016, including this advice about kids and teens using all-terrain vehicles.
All-terrain vehicles – Children who are too young to have a driver’s license should not be allowed to operate or ride off-road vehicles. Children are involved in about 30 percent of all ATV-related deaths and emergency room-treated injuries. Never ride double on an ATV, as passengers are frequently injured. Most ATVs are designed to carry only one person: the driver. Passengers can make ATVs unstable and difficult to control. All ATV riders should take a hands-on safety training course. All riders should wear helmets, eye protection, sturdy shoes (no flip-flops), and protective, reflective clothing. Appropriate helmets are those designed for motorcycle (not bicycle) use, and should include safety visors/face shields for eye protection.
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