Bicycle Safety

Monday, August 01, 2011

Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and fresh air and share time as a family. But before you and the kids rush out and start pedaling, theres an important factor that you need to consider safety. Dr. Edward Hill discusses bicycle safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Riding bikes can give kids a sense of independence and adventure, yet if misused, bikes can be dangerous. Children often attempt risky stunts and exhibit careless behavior, which can result in tragedyespecially if they dont wear a bike helmet to protect them from head injuries.

Each year, more than 200 children 14 and younger are killed and nearly 350,000 are injured in bicycle related incidents. Head injuries from bicycle falls are the leading cause of death in bicycle related crashes. Here are some bicycle safety tips to keep your child safe.

Purchase an approved bicycle helmet for each child. Insist the helmet is worn correctly every time the child goes for a ride.

Teach children safe bicycling behaviors.

Make sure the childs bicycle is the right size and works properly.

Familiarize yourself with the childs bicycling environment.

Have children wear bright colored clothing so drivers can easily spot them, and

Model appropriate behavior by always wearing your own helmet when cycling

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.