"Helmets for Kids"

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The health care professionals at Fisher-Titus are reminding parents that if their children have wheels they also need helmets.

An estimated 88 percent of head injuries suffered by cyclists could be prevented if all bike riders wore helmets that fit securely and were buckled properly, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. That's why children need helmets every time they get on their bikes, ride in bicycle carriers, or ride tricycles or big wheels.

Through the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Helmets for Kids program, children and youth up to 18 years of age can be fitted for a bicycle helmet. Helmets are available in a variety of colors and children must be present to be properly fitted. A $2 donation is requested.

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Ten tips for Safe Bike Riding:

  • Always wear a bike helmet.
  • Stop and check traffic before riding into a street. 
  • Don't ride at night.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Ride on the right-hand side of the street.
  • Check your brakes before riding.
  • Give cars and pedestrians the right-of-way.
  • Wear light or bright-colored clothing so that motorists can see you.
  • Be extra careful turning left - motorists don't expect it.
  • Avoid broken pavement, loose gravel and leaves - which can cause you to lose control of your bike.

Things to consider when Selecting a Helmet:

  • Make sure it is safe. Look for a seal of approval from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or Snell Foundation.
  • Make sure it fits. A good fit means level on your head, touching all around, comfortably snug, but not tight. The helmet should not move more than about an inch in any direction. Make sure the helmet is flat on top of your head and that it covers the top of your forehead without tilting forward or backward. Fasten the chin strap just below your chin. For children, use the extra padding that comes with the helmet to ensure a proper fit. This padding can be removed as the child's head grows.
  • Visibility is a factor. First of all, the helmet straps should not block a rider's vision. You also need to consider motorists and other cyclists. Choose a white or brightly colored helmet that others can see easily.