Did you know that bikes are associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except automobiles.  Sadly, child bicycling deaths increase 45% above the month average in the summer.  With 27M children riding bikes, we know there are too many of those kids riding without a helmet. That's why we need your support to help raise awareness and donate now so that we can reach more parents and ensure that all children who are riding bikes this summer will be wearing a helmet.  

Bile helmets are a necessity, not an accessory. Learning how to ride a bike is a rite of passage in childhood, and it's an activity that families can certainly do together.  However, there are some important things for you to consider before jumping on that bike. Make it a rule, every time you and your child rides a bike, where a bicycle helmet.  It's the single most effective safety device to reduce head injury and death from a bicycle crash.  In order to maximize protection, ensure the helmet fits properly.  The helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock back and forth or side to side.  The helmet straps must always be buckled but not too tightly.    

Top bike safety tips.   

- Make it a rule every time you and your child ride a bike, where a bicycle helmet that meet safety standards developed by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  

- If your child is reluctant to wear a helmet, try letting him or her choose their own.  Helmet fit is important.   

- Make sure the helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly.  The helmet should sit on top of the head in the level position and should not rock back and forth or side to side.    

- The helmet straps must always be buckled by not too tightly. Try the eyes, ears and mouth test.    

- Eyes check, position the helmet on your head.  Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet.  The rim should be to one to two fingers width above your eyebrows.    

- Ears check.  Make sure the straps of the helmet form a V under your ears when buckled.  The straps should be snug but comfortable.  

- Mouth check.  Open your mouth as wide as you can.  Do you feel the helmet hug your head.  

Proper equipment, fit and maintenance are also important for safety.  Ensure proper bike fit but bringing child along when shopping for the bike.  By a bicycle that is the right size for the child not the one they will grow into.  When sitting on the seat, the child's feet should be able to touch the ground.

Thanks for reading and have a safe summer riding your bikes!

Terry Young
President
SRS Insurance Group
Ph 1-877-222-8765
ty@southernriskservices.com

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