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Bicycle Helmets are cool because it is cool to be smart and safe. Studies show that helmets help prevent serious head and brain injuries. Brain injuries can be permanent, remaining for the rest of a person’s life.
Here are important safety guidelines for bicycles.
- Check that your child always wears a bike helmet that fits properly. It should have a stamp that says CPSC approved. This means it meets safety standards for bike helmets.
- Be sure the bike is in good repair; the brakes and gears work, tires are inflated, and size is adjusted to the person riding.
- Wear tennis shoes or closed shoes. Sandals and flip flops leave feet and toes open for injuries. Don’t wear loose pants, straps, or strings that might get caught in the bike. Tie your shoelaces.
- Cars have difficulty seeing bicycles. Wear bright colors and have reflectors on your bike. Even young children can learn to watch out for cars or other obstacles in their way.
- Children under 10 should ride on the sidewalk. Children over 10 should ride in the street and follow all the safety rules as a car. This means stopping at stop signs, signaling turns and riding on the right side of the road.
- Riding on bike paths free of cars is the safest place to ride.
A good web site for kids to learn about bike safety is: http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/bike-safety.html#
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