Free Drive Thru Bike Helmet Giveaway for Kids this Friday
KIDS AGES 14 AND UNDER MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE HELMET ON FRIDAY, JUNE 5 FROM 4-6 P.M. EST.
Bike purchases increased during COVID-19 as people looked for ways to stay active, but one purchase that is sometimes overlooked is a bike helmet.
“The Pediatric Emergency Room at Piedmont Columbus Regional is showing an increase in the number of kids coming into the emergency room with bike related injury,” said Pam Fair, Director of Safe Kids Columbus.
Studies have shown that less than half of children ages 14 and under usually wear their bike helmet. Some bike related injuries include scrapes and bruises, broken bones and concussions. One local Columbus rider wore his helmet to help prevent injury.
“To keep my brain safe,” said fourth grade student Henry Moore.
Bike helmets are not invincible, but properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent. Safe Kids Columbus wants every child to be safe, so they will be handing out free helmets this Friday, June 5.
“We will actually provide the driver with disposable measuring tape, and they will actually measure their child’s head in the vehicle. Then they give us that number and that’s how we determine what size helmet the child needs.”
According to state law in Georgia, children under 16-years-old must wear a bike helmet. While in Alabama, 16 and under are required.
“We also encourage parents to wear their helmets as well,” said Fair. “They need to lead the way. They need to set the example.”
This Friday, June 5, Safe Kids Columbus will hold a Drive Thru Bike Helmet Giveaway for children ages 14 and under. The child must be present in the vehicle to be fitted for a helmet. The event lasts from 4-6 p.m. EST and is located at the Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown West Campus, across from the John B. Amos Cancer Center.