Just like any outdoor toy or vehicle, the scooter can be a dangerous piece of equipment if used wrong. Scooter injuries are largely the result of daredevil stunts; with only two wheels and a narrow base, scooters are not built to be used like skateboards. The wheels can easily get caught in potholes, cracks and sewer grates; therefore, they should be used on smooth surfaces away from traffic. Ride in good weather and in daylight.
Canada Safety Council advises children to dress as they would for in-line skating. Proper safety equipment should be worn whenever riding, including wearing shoes (not barefoot). Wear a helmet, wrist guards, and knee and elbow pads.
Scooter riders have to be careful of problems with the riding surface (curb obstructions, irregular paving, wet pavement, etc.) loss of control (loss of balance, slipping off, dismounting, etc.), as well as excessive speed and clothing or body parts getting caught in the scooter while in operation.
Since the majority of children injured are between the ages of 8 – 13 years old, it is important to instill good safety rules and habits when they are young. Review safety concerns with your child and explain why they must follow the rules. If rules are followed, scooters can provide a safe and fun outdoor activity. There are some safety precautions you should take with your child before you allow them to operate their scooter: