Did you know?
- 818 bicyclists died on US roads in 2015, an increase of 12.2 per cent and the highest number since 1995 (US Department of Transportation)
- Over 60% of bicycle deaths were not wearing helmets (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
- More children go to the hospital for bike-related injuries than any other sport. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
- "A properly fitted bicycle helmet reduces the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent." (National Highway Traffic Administration)
Firefighters respond on bicycle accidents all of the time! Many of these accidents result in serious head injuries due to children not wearing helmets.
What can you do?
Sandy Fire would like to remind all children that helmets save lives if worn and worn correctly. Please remember to be helmet safety smart and always wear a helmet whenever you are riding your bicycle, skateboard, or scooter. This will go a long way in preventing head and brain injuries in our youth.
For information about how to find a properly fit a helmet check out these tips from the United States Department of Transportation!