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Helmet Safety

Safety helmets aren’t just for kids taking a spin on their first bike. Children and adults should wear the appropriate helmet when participating in any recreational activity where head injuries are a risk. And when it comes to helmets, fit is the key. A loose helmet can’t protect the head as well as one that is properly fitted. bike-helmet skateboard-helmethorse-helmetExamples of situations where you should wear a helmet include, but are not limited:

  • Riding ATVs
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Bicycling
  • Skateboarding
  • Football
  • Horseback Riding
  • In-line Skating
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding

Other Facts

  • According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, a bicycle helmet reduces the risk of serious head and brain injury by 85 %.
  • More than 70,000 persons need hospital emergency room treatment each year for injuries related to skateboarding according to the CPSC.
  • Head injuries cause three-quarters of about 900 bicycle deaths each year, according to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, a helmet advocacy program of the Washington, D.C.-area Bicyclist Association.
  • Another 82,000 people suffer brain injuries each year while playing sports such as baseball and football, etc., according to the Brain Injury Association in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Neurosurgeons and doctors across the U.S. agree that wearing helmets can save lives.
  • Always replace your helmet after a crash. Damage may not be visible to the eye, but the inner lining may have been destroyed.
  • Cracks or dents mean you need a new helmet.
  • Replace your helmet every five years. You may not only need a new size, but the material naturally weakens over time.

Visit this link to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for more information about helmet safety.