BIKE SAFETY AND CAR SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS AND PARENTS.
Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide) out with another interesting health and safety topic to keep you engrossed. I would like to say congratulations to every child that recently celebrated Children’s Day in Nigeria on May 27th.
You know children always look upto their parents and also like to copy what adults do. e.g A boy or girl riding a bicycle just like his or her daddy drives a car. Usually children from five years and above will speak with their parents to get them their own mini-sized vehicle.
At this stage, as a toddler, your child would want to have a bike of his and ride it just as you his daddy or mummy drives a car.
When you eventually buy a bike for your son or daughter, it is also important that a helmet is bought.
Below are some safety tips on the use of a bike by a child
1. Make sure to wear to wear a helmet every time you ride a bike. A helmet helps to prevent head injuries and can save a child’s life.
2. Never ever allow your child to ride his or her bike in the street because the street will be busy with cars, lorries and trucks in motion, motorcycles. So the street is dangerous for a child riding a bike. So child is too young to ride in the street safely. 3. Make sure that the bike your child rides is the right size. Your child must be able to place the balls of both feet on the ground when sitting on the seat with hands on the handlebars. The bicycle should also have coaster brakes. At this age, a child might not be able to use hand brakes correctly.
Let us now consider safety for a child inside a car commuting with parents or guardians.
A car crash is one of the greatest danger to a child’s life and health. To prevent these injuries, correctly use a car safety seat and seat belt every time your child is in the car.
As a child, you should use a car safety seat or a booster seat until the lap belt can be worn low and flat on the hips and the shoulder belt can be worn across the shoulder rather than the face or neck. The safest place for all children to ride is the back seat. Parents should always set good examples by buckling up their seatbelt always.
This is where I will be stopping for now, so till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide ) wishing you a prosperous new month ahead.
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