Summer Sports

It can be a challenge to keep kids safe from injury in the summer.  


The freedom of riding a bike can't be beat, but following a few safety tips and obeying the rules of the road can help you stay safe. 

  • Always wear a properly fitted helmet. Over 85% of head injuries can be prevented by wearing a helmet.
  • Keep your bicycle in good working condition.
  • Know the rules of the road.
  • Be seen! Wear reflective clothing.

For more information on safe cycling, visit the Community Safety Series.


Before you set off in your boat this summer, remember these important safety tips:

  • Have life jackets for everyone on board! Children under 12 years old must wear a life jacket on any boat. Children under 16 must wear a life jack on a sailboat.
  • If the kids go out for a paddle they should always stay within eyesight of an adult.
  • Never drink alcohol while operating a boat.

Remember that Vermont state law requires safety education and a safe-boating certificate for boat operators born after 1974. 

For more information on safe boating, visit the following links:

Inline Skating (Roller Blading)

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Use wrist and elbow guards to avoid fractures in the wrist and elbows.
  • Don't go far until you know how to stop (safely)!

Note: Roller shoes are just like roller blades and require the same kind of safety gear

Visit the following links for more information:

Jet Skiing

Riding the waves is fun and exhilarating! Stay safe and have fun. Follow these tips:  

  • You must be 16 or older to operate a personal watercraft in Vermont. 
  • The rules that apply to boats also apply to jet skis.  Wear your life jacket, use the buddy system, and ride only during the daylight hours. 
  • As with boat operation, the same safety education and certificate is required for operators born after 1974. 

For more information on jet ski safety,visit the US Naval Hospital Website.

Scooters and Skateboards

Helmets, wrist, elbow, and knee protectors need to be worn to prevent fractures.  Remember - the skateboard pros all wear helmets!  Also, wear shoes and stay our of traffic!

For more information on skateboarding safety, read these skateboarding tips from the National Safety Council.


Children under the age of four are at higher risk of drowning than older children or adults.  If a child is near water an adult should be watching carefully. If you are with a group of people it's easy to assume that someone else is watching, but that is an accident waiting to happen!  Take turns being the "water watcher." 

For more information on water safety and swimming, visit the following links:

Related Documents

Water Safety Tips - National Safety Council Download PDF
Pool Safety Tips - National Safety Council Download PDF
Inline Skating Safety - National Safety Council Download PDF
Skateboarding Safety Tips - National Safety Council Download PDF

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