Q: My child wants inline skates – how do I get the right ones?
When choosing inline skates (new or used):
- The boot should be well fitting
- Make sure to try on the skate with socks similar to those that will be worn to skate
- To be safe, the boot should be snug and supportive, but not tight
- Try skates at the end of the day when the foot tends to be the biggest
- Make sure the heel seats fully back in the skate before buckling
- Inspect the skate for damage
- The wheels should spin freely
- The buckles should all be working
- Never do home repairs or modifications to inline skates
Q: My child has new inline skates – how can I help my child avoid getting hurt?
Prior to using inline skates unsupervised - teach your child to
When your child is ready to enjoy skating without direct supervision – remind them:
- Wear a well-fitting helmet and safety gear
- Know how to stop and to fall. Practice these things in an open, safe environment.
- Practice with the assistance of a railing or an adult to provide support
- Crouch to lower the center of gravity, helping with balance and lessening the energy of a fall
- Fall on the fleshy parts of the body and roll after a fall
- Never skate where there is car traffic
- Announce that you are approaching pedestrians from behind
- Avoid surfaces unsuitable for skating (grass, sand, gravel, or debris)
- Never skate with a headset which may block the warning of a horn, siren, or traffic noise
- Never “skitch” or be pulled behind a bike or vehicle while on skates
- Don’t skate in poor visibility- rain, dusk, dawn or after dark.
Q: What type of safety equipment should my child wear to inline skate?
- A well-fitting helmet that does not interfere with vision or hearing
- Wrist guards
- Knee and elbow pads
- Long pants and a long sleeved shirt – abrasions are the most common injury from falls