Everyone enjoys recreation. It's great to ride your bike, skateboard and do other fun stuff when the weather permits. But, all this fun has danger attached to it. The great thing is you can eliminate and prevent a lot of accidents by practicing basic safety precautions, no matter the type of sport or recreation your children want to be involved with. Biking Every child eventually learns to ride a bike. It's a rite of passage almost as exciting as getting a driver's license. It's also almost as dangerous. Riding a bike is a great mode of transportation for children, as well as a great way to explore the neighborhood and do things with friends. But, used improperly it can be deadly. Ensure that the bike is the right size for your child. Using a bike too small or too big can make falling more likely. In addition, all children (and adults) riding bikes should wear a helmet. Riding a bike without a helmet is a bad choice. Even professional bike riders have accidents that would kill them without a helmet. Skiing and Snowboarding These are fun sports to get involved in, especially if you live in an appropriate climate. But, there are very serious safety concerns to consider. As normal, children should have training, if not by a parent then by a professional to ensure that they ski safely. There are many concerns such as protective gear as well as preventing frost bite and other weather-related injury. ATVs Ensure that children always have adult supervision when using ATVs. They can be great fun but they are also very, very dangerous. Many pediatricians recommend against their use. Wear approved protective gear such as helmets and goggles. Everyone driving an ATV should wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts, boots and gloves. Riding ATVs is limited to being driven off highway and hard surfaces. Hiking and Climbing Believe it or not, there are fewer injuries from climbing accidents than there are from ATV accidents. People take climbing more seriously, using the proper safety gear and professional help. This is mostly because a large percentage of the population is afraid of heights. Hiking poses more risk than just climbing. The main thing is to use the right protective gear and wear the right clothing for the climate. Wear long pants and layers, and bring along provisions like water and protein bars. Also, don't go alone.
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