Helmets can protect children

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bike riding is one of the most freeing experiences for young children. It gives them a sense of freedom and promotes physical activity. And it’s just plain fun.

But accidents happen.

According to KidsHealth, each year about 300,000 children go to the emergency department because of bike injuries and at least 10,000 have injuries that require a few days in the hospital.

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That’s why multiple organizations came together this past Saturday to educate parents and children on the importance of “putting a lid on it.”

A special bike and skateboard rodeo was held at Etna Street Park in Ironton where children competed in obstacle courses and received free helmets.

More than just door prizes, those helmets will play a vital role in protecting children from potentially major injuries should an accident happen. Helmets will protect the most important part of their bodies — their brains.

When picking out a helmet, always make sure to properly fit your child with the gear so the chinstrap fits snuggly and the helmet doesn’t move around on his or her head.

A big thanks goes out to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the Ironton Police Department, Advance Auto Parts, Dickess Auto Repair, the Ironton Health Department and the Friends of Ironton for making sure the children of the community can have fun and stay safe while riding their bikes.