Summer is a favourite time for many to jump on the quad and go for a ride.
 
Alberta Health Services officials are reminding ATV enthusiasts to be safe while having fun on a quad.
 
"You need to wear the right gear, so a helmet can save your life," said Dr. Ifoema Achebe, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Central Zone for AHS. "We know a lot don't wear helmets and we've seen a lot of injuries as a result of people not wearing their helmet."  
 
Alberta Health Services also reminds people that children under the age of 16 should not be riding an ATV. According to recent stats, 78 children were taken to pediatric departments in the province in the past year due to ATV accidents. 31 of those kids were hospitalized and 1 passed away. Children over the age of 16 can ride quads but should be trained to do so.
 
"A lot of people don't think training is necessary but you really need to be trained to know how to use it well and by train I mean agreeing to a certified ATV instructor," outlined Achebe.
 
She also recommended paying close attention to the weather forecast and to be aware of any potential risks on the trail.
 
Alberta Health Services reminds users to never drink alcohol while on an ATV and to be buckled up if the vehicle has proper restraints. 
 
More on quad safety can be found by clicking here. 

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