Did you know that a properly fitted helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by at least 45% – yet less than half of children 14 and under wear a helmet? Bicycles offer fun and exercise for children, so here are 5 tips to follow so your child can stay safe while enjoying this summer!
- Make sure your child’s helmet fits correctly. The rim of the helmet should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows. Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under the ears when buckled. Lastly, ask your child to open their mouth as wide as possible. Does your child feel the helmet hug their head? If not, tighten the straps.
- Encourage your child to ride on the sidewalk when one is available. If not, ride in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible with supervision.
- Teach your child hand signals and how to follow the rules of the road. When near the road, be sure your child understands not to swerve or make any sudden movements.
- Wear bright colors and use lights, especially when riding at night and in the morning. Reflectors on your clothes and bicycle will help you to be seen!
- Ride with your children. Stick together until you are comfortable that your kids are ready to ride on their own.
Like you, we want to keep your children free from injuries this summer. Keep these helpful tips in mind to make sure safety is a priority during the summer fun!
To learn more about Safe Kids of Northeast Georgia or attend one of their classes or events, visit www.nghs.com/safekids.