Safety Tips for Hoverboards
The latest trend in riding toys is the hoverboard. If your kids don't have one yet, they may be asking for one. But the electrical fires, injuries and recalls are reasons to give anyone pause.
Helmet and Hoverboard Safety
While riding toys are lots of fun, they also require proper protective gear; none more important than a helmet.
- Here are steps to properly fit a helmet (PDF):
- Helmet should fit snug, low, and level (one to two inches above the eyebrows).
- Side straps should be adjusted to make a “Y” below and slightly in front of the ear.
- Once secure, the buckle strap under the chin should allow for only one finger width between strap and chin.
- Make it a steadfast rule; no riding without a properly fit helmet.
- Adults should also role model safety behavior by also wearing a helmet.
Remember to consider these tips when it comes to hoverboards:
- Have a spotter when you ride. Unlike skateboards, which rely on the rider to increase speed, hoverboards may accelerate regardless of the skill of the rider. Children should never ride unsupervised.
- Wear protective gear, including a helmet, knee/elbow pads and wrist guards.
- Stay out of traffic when riding. Several cities, including New York City, have banned hoverboards from the public streets.
- Don’t leave the hoverboard to charge overnight or without supervision. The charging process itself carries a higher risk of fire.
Each year, more than 6,500 U.S. children under the age of 14 are killed by preventable injuries. At Phoenix Children's, injury prevention programs address the most common causes of childhood injury, reaching parents and children with important safety messages and skills.