|[December 18, 2012]
Buying Your Little One a Bike for the Holidays? Ohio AAP Reminds Parents - and Santa Claus - to Include Bike Helmets with Gifts
COLUMBUS, Ohio --(Business Wire)--
With the holidays quickly approaching, The Ohio Chapter of the American
Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) wants to remind parents - and Santa
Claus - to ensure that they promote safe riding when giving a bicycle as
a gift this year. The Ohio AAP urges gift-givers to take advantage of
their child's excitement of receiving a new bike by including a bike
helmet with it.
"Not only is it important to promote safe riding, but this is a great
opportunity to make wearing a bike helmet cool," said Melissa Wervey
Arnold, Executive Director for the Ohio AAP. "They come in an array of
sizes, colors, designs and graphics, so there is a helmet to please
The Ohio AAP is also reminding parents that helmets aren't simply for
bike-riding. It's particularly important that children receive helmets
for Christmas so tat they can be worn during cold weather activities as
well; such as sledding, snowboarding or skiing.
Universal use of bicycle helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent
between 135 and 155 deaths, between 39,000 and 45,000 head injuries and
between 18,000 and 55,000 scalp and face injuries annually. In 2010, the
number of people injured by not wearing a bike helmet was 51,000, enough
people to fill Nationwide Arena in Columbus 2� times, and apart from the
automobile, bicycles are tied to more childhood injuries than any other
consumer product including trampolines, ladders and swimming pools.
For more information on bike helmet safety and to follow the Put a Lid
on It! Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Campaign, visit the campaign's
Facebook (News - Alert) page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Put-A-Lid-On-It/105563589546395.
The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP)
promotes the health, safety and well being of children and adolescents
so they may reach their full potential. The Ohio AAP works to accomplish
this by addressing the needs of children, their families, and their
communities, and by supporting Chapter members through advocacy,
education, research, service, and improving the systems through which
they deliver pediatric care.
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