Alberta Health Services are advising people, especially kids, to be safe on ATV’s this summer.
Dr. Albert DeVilliers Medical Officer of Health at Alberta Health Services, says children under the age of 16 should not be operating ATV’s as they are not strong enough or possess the proper skills to do so.
“I know kids still do it and it is unfortunate that every year kids get injured, and kids end up in hospital and every now and then you get, unfortunately, one that passes away,” said Dr. DeVilliers. “We want to make sure kids are safe and kids are protected.”
Alberta Health Services recommends getting formal training before hitting the trails, and using the seatbelt if the machine has one.
ATV users should always wear a helmet, boots and proper clothes, as well as goggles and gloves.
Dr. DeVilliers also reminds drivers to use their equipment while sober to avoid a “recipe for disaster.”
Over a year-long period ending April 1, a total of 78 children were seen in Alberta’s two emergency pediatric departments.