Helmet Safety

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Wayne Laepple in the Daily Item explains that it doesn’t matter how old or young you are: wear a helmet. Laepple reports that “Deana Clester, a community health educator at Evangelical Community Hospital, tries to educate children under 14 about helmet usage.” A fall from as little as two feet above ground can result in a traumatic brain injury. Furthermore, according to Clester, in 2006 about 275,000 non-fatal bicycle accidents happened a day in the United States alone (that’s more than 800 accidents a day), and that less than 25% of children wear a helmet when they ride their bikes.

She explains that “the helmet should sit level on the head, about two fingers width above the eyebrows, and should fit snugly so it doesn’t wobble. It should always be buckled.”

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About Penny R Miller, MS, LPC, CBIS

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