Skateboarding Safety

Skateboarding is always lots of fun, but can also be extremely dangerous when basic safety rules are not followed. Keep your board mechanically sound and never skate beyond your capabilities.

Following these simple S.K.A.T.E.B.O.A.R.D. tips provided to you by the CPR Instructorís Network will keep you on your board and out of the hands of paramedics.

Stop skateboarding when you are tired.

Kneepads, elbow pads, helmets, long-sleeve shirts and pants will reduce the severity of cuts and scrapes, bumps and bruises.

Always skateboard in a safe area, like a skateboard park. Keep away from vehicle traffic.

Training will give you basic skills like board control. As you gain experience, that is the time o gain speed and learn new, more difficult maneuvers.

Everyone should learn CPR and first aid - the life you save could be someone you know.

Board require regular maintenance. Inspect your board frequently and replace broken parts like wheels. Choose a board that is right for you and your skill levels.

Only skate where there are no cracks, bumps and where it is clear of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Only skate where allowed to. The best place for skateboarding is the skateboard park.

Always crouch low, relax, hug your arms and roll when you fall. It's a good idea to practice falling and do so at very slow speeds.

Ride with a buddy is always better and safer. If you get hurt someone can assist you.

Daylight is the only time when you should be on your board unless in a well lighted Skateboard Park. See where you're skating and so that others will be able to see you.

The CPR Instructorís Network encourages parents, grandparents, guardians and caregivers to take a CPR and first aid course - the life you save could be someone you know!