Posts Tagged ‘kids and helmets’

Hey Kid, Strap on That Helmet!

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Every time I see a kid riding on a bike or a skateboard either without
a helmet or with a helmet that’s not strapped on, I want to stop him
and say "Are you nuts? Do your parents know you’re doing this?"

many kids seem to think that wearing an unstrapped helmet fulfills the
letter of the law. But it’s buckling that strap that will help keep a 12-year-old’s brain intact if he gets hit by an SUV.

In fact, in our town, a seventh-grade boy is
recovering right now from being hit by an SUV while riding his bike.
His injuries were severe, and he has a long recovery ahead of him, but
the doctors say he would probably have been killed if he hadn’t been
wearing a helmet.

"Each year about 300 children are killed
and more than 400,000 children go to hospital emergency rooms due to
bicycle injuries," says Consumer Product Safety Commission chairperson Ann Brown. "Children between 5 and 14 have the highest injury
rate of all bicycle riders, and bicycle accidents are the leading cause
of death in this age group."

The greatest tragedy is that many of these injuries
could be prevented if riders wore their helmets. "In fact, young
bicyclists can reduce the risk of head injury or death by up to 85
percent if they wear a helmet," she says.

Talk with your kids today about wearing a helmet — and buckling it —
whenever they’re on wheels. The life you save may be your child’s.