Protective equipment for roller skating and rollerblading
- Equipment should be checked for wear and tear prior to use.
- If you are using second-hand skates, make sure that they are stable and in good condition.
- Skates should be fitted correctly so that they feel comfortable but firm on the feet of the child.
- Ensure learners have a safe area to practice.
- Supervision of learners is recommended until the child is skilled to skate safely.
- Children should not be allowed to skate down steep slopes, in traffic or poor light.
- School aged or younger children should not skate on the road.
- Helmets, wrist, elbow and knee guards should always be worn.
- Young children, learners and experienced skaters performing tricks are at highest risk of injury while skating.
- Use of designated skate parks and ramps is recommended.
- Avoid skating in wet or rainy conditions.
- When riding on the footpath, watch out for pedestrians, especially the elderly.
- Check for products that have been recalled prior to buying or borrowing an item for use with your child.