This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the PreK12Plaza. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Like most parents, I constantly worry over the safety and well being of my children. With four very active boys, I feel like I am forever yelling out for them to be careful, watch what they are doing, concentrate on the task at hand, get off, don’t throw, don’t jump, stop running or put on your helmet!
Especially during the summer months when we ride our bikes as a family and my boys ride their bikes throughout the day… summer bike safety is not only necessary but can be life saving. Naturally, summer brings an increase in injuries related to biking. Safe Kids Worldwide informs on their website that more children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport. Our boys have already dealt with enough broken bones and emergency room visits to know that bike safety is not negotiable.
My first rule before the wheels start turning on a bike, skateboard or scooter is helmet on head! Each year in the United States, about 800 bicyclists are killed and another 500,000 end up in hospital emergency rooms. About two-thirds of the deaths and one-third of the injuries involve the head and face. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 88 percent. For kids and adults alike, wearing a properly fitting bicycle helmet is the most effective way to prevent a life- threatening head injury.
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Learn how to fit your child’s bike helmet in three easy steps, EYES. EARS. MOUTH. in this video created by PreK12Plaza.
Here’s a bike safety checklist that will help keep kids safe when bike riding.
- Use your head, where a properly fitted helmet.
- Wear appropriate clothes! You want to wear bright clothes people can see, not too baggy or hanging down.
- Ride your bike straight, don’t swerve.
- Ride with a friend or family member.
- Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it.
- Look both ways for traffic.
- Keep your eyes on the street ahead, use a sidewalk if available.
- Watch out for cars and make eye contact with drivers so they know you are there!
- Put reflectors on the front and back of bike.
- Obey traffic rules.
- For parents, this one is a no brainier… supervise your children!
If you have little ones, this fun and catchy song from PreK12Plaza will help teach them how to stay safe when riding their bike….