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June 30, 2001
Making Kids Bike-Safe for the Summer
Tip—Teach your children bike-safety rules and role-play "What would you do if . . .?" with them.
Summer is prime bike-riding time. Whether your child is experienced or a new rider, it's always good to review the "rules of the road" with them. Remember to re-evaluate your child's bike-riding boundaries each year. Some of us live in fairly safe neighborhoods with little traffic; others of us can only allow bike riding in the park on designated pathways. The Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) offers the following Bicycle Rider's Tips. (Comments in parentheses are mine.)
Once your child is well-versed in bike-safety, you might also role-play with him what to do in case he (or a friend) crashes on a bike. Bleeding and broken bones are common injuries when children fall from bikes. When my brother was eight, he took a fall on his bike that resulted in a cut on his wrist so deep it revealed the bone (the neighbor lady nearly fainted when he showed up at her door requesting a bandaid); a few summers ago my stepson suffered a bike crash that broke one finger in three places. Both injuries were inflicted by handlebars where the hand grips had worn through and the metal edge was exposed. Check the hand grips on your child's bike and review first aid procedures for bleeding and broken bones.
Tools—Maribeth and Darwin Boelts, authors of Kids to the Rescue! First Aid Techniques for Kids, offer the following 1-2-3 first aid procedure for responding to a possible broken bone.
You’ll find more practical tips you can use right now in Kids to the Rescue! First Aid Techniques for Kids by Maribeth and Darwin Boelts.
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