4-H and Youth

ATV Safety

According to Mark Whitt, WVU Extension Service 4-H agent and ATV safety expert, many ATV fatalities can be prevented by using simple safety measures.

“So often, ATV fatalities result from injuries that could have been prevented with proper training and gear,” Whitt said. Make sure each child:

  • Is the appropriate size for the machine he or she will use.
  • Has an ATV that is working correctly.
  • Does not operate the machine after dark or in poor weather conditions.
  • Wears a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet with eye protection.
  • Wears long pants and long sleeves.
  • Carries a cell phone to call an adult in case there is a problem.
ATV To help prevent accidents and educate youths and their families, WVU Extension Service provides ATV safety information as part of the National 4-H Youth curriculum. Whitt helped to develop the materials and teaches children in Mingo County about safety.

According to Whitt, parental supervision is a key element to a child’s safety. Children under the age of 16 must be supervised at all times when operating an ATV.

ATV “Parents literally hold the key to their children’s safety,” the WVU Extension educator said, “Every ATV has an ignition key, and when a parent or guardian controls the key, they control the use.”

Related Links

Are you the right size for the ATV you’re using? Read recommendations from The National 4-H ATV Safety page.

WVU Extension ATV Expert
Find contact information for Mingo County Extension Educator Mark Whitt

ATV Safety Institute

ATV Safety information from the government

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