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I insist that my kids always wear a helmet when biking. Is there any other type of safety gear they should wear when biking, skating, or skateboarding?

Wearing a properly-fitted helmet, which has been approved with the ATSM label, is an excellent start. In addition to a proper fit on the head itself, make sure your kids understand that it’s critical to also wear the chin strap, so the helmet stays on their head! Beyond that, consider additional safety devices like properly-fitted wrist guards, elbow pads and kneepads. We frequently see severe elbow fractures as a result of skateboard falls, which can quickly ruin a child’s summer.