In November 2000, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an updated safety standard recommending that all children who ride scooters wear proper safety gear.
- Wearing proper safety gear, including a helmet and knee and elbow pads, will help prevent injuries.
- Wrist guards are no longer advised as part of kids’ scooter safety gear. Wrist guards can make it hard for a child to grip the handle and steer the scooter.
- A person should wear a helmet to help protect the head when doing these activities:
- Riding a bicycle, skateboard or scooter
- Rollerblading or skating
Most injuries from scooter-related accidents have resulted when a rider falls off of a scooter. According to the CPSC, fractures and dislocations of the arms and hands account for 29 percent of most scooter injuries.