Summer is fast approaching and as we begin to take part in our favorite summertime activities we need to take a minute to think safety. Begin this summer by being a safety “role model” for all around you.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent – yet less than half of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet. Here are some of the ways to reduce the risk of injury and death while biking.
1. Make sure your bike is properly fitted and in good working condition. A spring tune up is always a good idea.
2. Wear a properly fit helmet on EVERY ride (this includes skating and scooting). Wearing a properly fitted helmet is your insurance policy protecting you from a potentially disabling or fatal traumatic brain injury. Use the following checklist to ensure a proper fit:
a. EYES check: Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
b. EARS check: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a "V" under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
c. MOUTH check: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.
3. Make yourself visible. Fluorescent colors and reflectors make you more visible to motorists. If you are riding at night, ALWAYS remember a light.
4. Follow the rules of the road. Because your bike has wheels, you follow the same rules as a car does. Ride with traffic and obey the rules as if you were a car. Parents, ride with your children until you feel comfortable they can maneuver through traffic on their own. Test their skills by taking them out for a road test.
5. Stay focused and alert to your surroundings. Make certain that you see motorists and they see you. Eye contact is key to safety!
6. Enjoy the ride! Biking is an excellent form of exercise for the whole family.
Watch the following video on how to ensure a proper fit.
Make it a safe day!