Hoverboards seem to be a hot topic right now, and all the kids want one. You might be wondering why we decided to create a hoverboard safety guide because the obvious thing to do would be to wear a helmet, right? While researching our best hoverboard, off-road hoverboard, and hoverboard go-kart articles, we noticed some things that we, as parents, should be aware of, aside from the most common falls and scratches that all kids seem to get.
Our Hoverboard Safety Tips
Basic First Aid
With boisterous children, we recommend having a first aid kit at home to treat any minor injuries or stabilize the serious ones while waiting for an ambulance or going to the doctor. With a hoverboard comes three main areas of injury – abrasions, sprains, and broken limbs.
With abrasions, the most important thing is to clean the wound. Make sure to thoroughly clean out all the small stones and dirt. The best way to do that would be to take a piece of gauze or cotton wipe, apply antiseptic or soap water to it, and wipe the wound from the middle outwards using a new section of the cloth for every wipe. Rinse the wound following the same method. Leave the wound open. Abrasions are shallow skin wounds and need to dry out.
The most important thing to do with minor cuts is to stop the bleeding. After cleaning the wound with an antiseptic, apply gentle pressure with a piece of gauze and bandage or plaster it down to slow down the bleeding. If the cut has a relatively large object in it, like a piece of glass. Do not remove the glass; the object slows down the blood flow, and removing it could be very dangerous. Instead, phone 911 and await instructions from them.
You can identify a sprained ankle or wrist when there is swelling and bruising around the joint area. An increased blood flow causes the injury to swell up; keeping your limb elevated to encourage the blood to flow back to the rest of your body will help ease the swelling and discomfort. Put ice in a cloth or plastic bag, and apply it to your injury in intervals. Do not apply it directly to your skin; you could get ice burn.
Keep the injury compressed in a brace or bandage. To make sure you haven’t wrapped your injury too tightly, pinch your fingernails or toenails until they are white. As the blood flows back, it should slowly change back to pink. If it takes more than 5 seconds to change back to pink, your bandage is wrapped too tightly.
The main goal with fractures is to stabilize the injury until the ambulance arrives or you arrive at the hospital. If you suspect the injury is a fracture, do not pull on it or try to straighten it. Instead, create a splint from anything solid, straight, and strong to stabilize the fracture. Tie the splint to the limb with bandages or cloth. But be sure not to fasten the bandage over the injury; try to do it on either side of the injury. Keep the wound elevated with a sling or pillow while traveling to the hospital.
What Should You Keep in the First Aid Kit?
It is always handy to keep a first aid kit on hand when you have children. Even for minor wounds, the patterned plasters make all the difference. Here is a checklist for a basic first aid kit:
Recommended Hoverboard Safety Gear
The list of safety equipment is very similar to that of a bike or scooter. A helmet is always needed to protect our little ones. It’s the most critical piece of equipment. Protective padding comes in handy to protect your joints, like your wrists, elbows, and knees.
Wearing proper shoes will protect your toes and feet from getting scrapped if your little one falls. If your child is a beginner and hesitant about falling, consider dressing them in long-sleeved tops and pants to cover their soft skin.
Another piece of equipment to think about is reflective strips and clothing. Depending on where your child will be riding their hoverboard, it’s essential to make sure they’re visible to drivers.
Habit Worthy Practices
Some practices should become a habit when owning a hoverboard. These habits can help increase the hoverboard’s lifespan and ensure the play remains safe.