Every three days a child in the United States is killed while riding a bicycle. Every single day, 100 children are treated in emergency rooms for bicycle-related head injuries.
Proper helmet use reduces the risk of brain injury from these accidents by about 90 percent.
Why don’t more kids wear helmets? For some, it’s the cool factor. For others, it’s the expense.
This weekend, Cardon Children’s Medical Center along with Safe Kids Maricopa County will give away free helmets to the first 300 people to attend their Bike Rodeo.
It’s a chance to practice bike safety skills and to find out more about helmet use. Plus, there’s an opportunity to win a new bike.
More on how to fit a bike helmet
Cardon Children’s Bike Rodeo details:
- Saturday, March 31
- 9 a.m. to noon
- Cardon Children’s Medical Center
- 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa 85202
- For ages 3-16
- Bring your bike or scooter
Watch injury prevention specialist Tracey Fejt, RN, of Cardon Children’s talk about an outreach program she designed that provides safety curriculum and free helmets to schools that agree to “helmet required” policies for students.
Posted in Bicycles, Family safety
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Forward-facing, rear-facing, seat-belt placing…car seat safety can get very confusing. And the statistics back that up.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Read more on the five tragic mistakes parents and caregivers make when using vehicle safety seats.
Choosing and using the right car seat drastically reduces a child’s risk of injury or death. So the Injury Prevention team at Phoenix Children’s Hospital developed an app they hope will simplify the process.
The Car Seat Helper lets parents, healthcare professionals and caregivers know what to look for in a car seat or booster seat. It also provides links to local resources that can help with proper installation of a seat. Videos and car seat facts are included, too.
Download the app from iTunes here.
Download for Android here.
Posted in Car Seats, Family safety
Tagged AAA, american automobile association, car seat app, Car Seat Helper, kids in cars, Phoenix Children's, Phoenix Children's Hospital, raising arizona kids, safe kids, vehicle safety seats