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Safe Kids Union County Donates Bike Helmets to Salvation Army
August 17, 2012 - Children's Specialized Hospital

Safe Kids Union County, located at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, donated 60 bike helmets and packets of safety information to the Plainfield Salvation Army for distribution at their give-a-way event, “Christmas in July,” on July 25.

Bike helmets reduce the risk of severe brain injury by 88 percent. Susan Driscoll, community educator and coordinator of Safe Kids Union County at Children’s Specialized Hospital, urges parents to talk to their children and family members about the importance of wearing a bike helmet from the time they first start riding a tricycle through adulthood. As the children get older and begin to ride in the street and in traffic, the risk of injury increases.
New Jersey law requires everyone under the age of 17 wear a helmet while bicycling, skateboarding and roller-skating. 
Bicyclists, skateboarders or roller-skaters should wear their helmets with the front two fingers above the eyebrows. When looking up, the bottom rim of the helmet should be visible. The straps should form a “V” under the ears. When riders open their mouths, as wide as they can, their helmets should hug the head or the straps need to be tightened. The helmet should not move around—even if riders shake their heads!
Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside is home to the Union County Chapter of Safe Kids New Jersey. A volunteer at each of the hospital’s nine sites links the hospital with the local Safe Kids chapter or coalition.  
This partnership works to promote prevention of accidental injury in children. More than 450 Safe Kids Coalitions in 16 countries bring health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments, and volunteers together to educate and protect families.
Safe Kids provides information on injury prevention for children from newborns to 14 years old. For more information, contact Sue Driscoll at sdriscoll@childrens-specialized.org.
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