Child Safety Challenge Day 1: Helmet & Bike Safety
Welcome to Day 1 of the Child Safety Challenge!
Do your kids enjoy riding a bike?
Do they wear a helmet at all times?
Share a picture of your kids and their bikes!
Riding a bike is fun, but accidents can happen. Every year approximately 300,000 kids are seen in hospital emergency rooms for bike injuries.
The best way to prevent a possible head/brain injury is to wear a bike helmet.
Make sure your child's helmet is properly fitted and meets the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's standards.
Here is a video on how to properly fit a bike helmet.
Just as important as helmet safety is bike safety.
Here are some important tips for safe bike riding.
- Make sure your childs bike is the right size for them and NOT one they can 'grow' in to.
- Long and loose clothing can get caught in the spokes and chain. Make sure clothing is appropriate for bike riding.
- Riding on the sidewalk, at parks and bike paths/trails is safest. If your child rides on the street, make sure they stay on the far right side, follow all traffic signs, use appropriate hand signals and ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
- Make sure the brakes on your childs bike work properly.
- Make sure your childs bike has reflectors. If they are riding at dawn, dusk or in the evening, have them wear retro-reactive accessories and clothing so that motorists will see them.