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Heads up: Bicycle helmet safety

As the weather begins to warm up, kids are starting to break out the bikes and spend more time outdoors. According to the CDC, in 2013 there were over 900 fatalities from bicycle accidents and nearly 500,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries. Bicycle helmets save lives and reduce the severity of head injuries related to bicycle accidents, yet many children do not wear them.

In a 2009 NPCH Report, 78% of parents reported their children 4-17 years old ride bicycles. Of these children, 27% never wear a helmet. Nearly 1 in 2 children from the lowest income families never wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

Among the parents who report that their children never wear a helmet, 32% said helmets are too expensive, and 59% said that their children do not like wearing helmets. Nearly 9 in 10 adults surveyed said they would support helmet laws for children.

As part of their HEADS UP campaign, the CDC offers tips and guidelines for finding the right helmets for your child for sports and bicycling. You can find more information on bike helmets here.

What do you think?
Yesterday was the fifth annual National Bike to School Day. Did your child participate? Does your child wear a helmet when riding a bicycle? Don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter @MottNPCH.