Heelys - Dangerous?
The media seems to be full of stories of Heelys (proun. Heelies) being dangerous, a friend told of hearing a doctor giving the stat that nine children had died when trying to wear them. I essentially provide a wealth of tips on Heelys safety on my Heelys site, but specifically addressing the concern that they're dangerous:
- Roller skates, skateboards and ice skates are just as dangerous - and ALL should be ridden with appropriate protection for head and knees/elbows.
- As the wearer gets more confident, there's slightly less need for the above, but it still depends on whetherthe wearer is a demure little girl (like mine!) gently gliding along or some trick-addicted boy!
- The older the wearer is, the more damage you'll do if you fall over, of course. Kids under 18 seem to be pretty resilient, I wouldn't worry too much