Bicycle Safety 2013

DID YOU KNOW???
Almost 400 children die annually from bicycle crashes and 450,000 more are treated in the ER for bicycle-riding related injuries.
Approximately 70 to 80% of all bicycle fatalities involve a head injury. A bike helmet protects the head & brain by absorbing the force of the impact and spreading it out over the whole helmet.
Approximately 15% of children use helmets all or most of the time while cycling. If a parent wears a helmet, children are 17% more likely to also wear a helmet.
Children are 14 times more likely to survive a bike crash if wearing a helmet.
Wearing a properly fitted bike helmet can reduce the risk of head/brain injury by over 80%.
The majority of children's bicycle injuries do NOT involve cars, but occur from falls on driveways, sidewalks and bike paths.
A fall from 2 feet can cause permanent brain damage, and a fall at a slow speed can still result in death. 
MAKE SURE YOU DON"T JUST BUY THE BIKE...GIVE THE SAFETY GEAR TO GO WITH IT!!!

DID YOU KNOW ????
An approved bike helmet will have a sticker to show that it has been tested and meets safety standards from any of the following:
CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
SNELL (SNELL Memorial Foundation's Standards for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling)
ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)
OR any other nationally recognized standard for bicycle helmet approval.

Try on several different bicycle helmets to compare fit before purchasing. Additional pads may be used to make the helmet fit snuggly. Do not select a helmet that is too big for the child.

Place the helmet level on the head. Wear the bicycle helmet low on the forehead, approximately two fingers above the eyebrows.

Make sure the chin strap fits snugly and comfortably around the ears (in the shape of a "V") and under the chin. The helmet should not be loose and move around on the head. The child strap must be buckled with approximately one-finger width between the chin strap and the chin. A snug helmet will not move from side-to-side or back-and-forth.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR BIKE HELMET
Follow the bicycle helmet manufacturer's instructions for the care and cleaning.
Check your helmet regularly for dents, scratches or cracks. These could weaken the protective ability of the helmet during a crash.
Replace a bicycle helmet that is damaged or has frayer/worn straps; has been involved in a crash; has been outgrown by the child and too small to be fitted correctly.

PA LAWS ON BIKE HELMETS
Children under 12 years of age must wear a fitted and secured bicycle helmet when operating/riding a bicycle and while riding as a passenger in a restraining seat attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by a bicycle.
The maximum fine for violating the Bicycle Helmet law is $25.00.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 January 2013 17:51
 

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