Bolingbrook – The smell of summer is in the air, thus bringing about outdoor activities such as bicycling. It is especially important to use precaution during this time, so Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital is spearheading a launch to keep kids safe. Every child who comes to the emergency department with a bicycle injury will be given a free bike helmet.
“Keeping children safe is something that is just so near and dear to my heart,” said Dr. M. Korpics, medical director at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “Any way that we can step up and help the children in our community is a step in the right direction.”
Some tips on bike safety include:
• Make sure kids wear helmets every time they get on their bikes or scooters. They should wear helmets even if they’re not riding on the road.
• Helmets should fit snugly and sit level on kids’ heads, not tipped back. The strap should always be fastened so the helmet can’t move around.
• Teach kids the rules of the road. They should ride their bikes on the right side, so they’re going the same direction as traffic. Show kids how to use hand signals so that cars know where they’re trying to go.
• Never let children ride bikes or scooters at night.
“Wearing the proper gear would protect so many children from injury,” said Debbie Smith, trauma coordinator at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “Giving these children helmets is a practical way to help save lives.”