Bicycle Safety

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Jackie Bain




How to Fit a Bicycle Helmet

Head injury is the leading cause of death in bicycle crashes and is the most important determinant of bicycle related deaths and permanent disability. The single most effective safety device available to reduce head and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet. Helmet use reduces the risk of bicycle-related injury and severity of head injury when a crash occurs. Unfortunately, national estimates report that bicycle helmet use among child bicyclists ranges only from 15 to 25 percent.

The Delaware General Health District provides a variety of educational programs and resources to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths due to bicycling accidents.

What if I cannot afford a bike helmet for my child?
The Delaware General Health District provides bicycle helmets to income eligible youth. These helmets are purchased through generous contributions by the Friends For Life Fund.

Look for the CPSC label.
Remember that a bike helmet should meet the CPSC, or Consumer Product Safety Commission standard. The helmet will have a CPSC label if it has been safety approved.