Helmet Safety for Kids
Preventing Injury in East Tennessee
Wheeled sports provide endless hours of enjoyment and great exercise for
children, but many may not understand the potential dangers that can accompany
these activities. The helmet safety program is designed to help prevent
accidents when using wheeled sports and recreation devices including roller
skates, skateboards, inline skates, bicycles, non-motorized scooters and
retractable roller sneakers. Without proper instruction and safety precautions,
children may be involved in serious accidents.
A Little Change Makes a Big Difference
In the event of an accident, wearing a helmet reduces the risk of serious
head injuries by 85 percent and severe brain injury by 88 percent; unfortunately,
national estimates indicate that only 15-25 percent of children wear a
helmet when riding. Universal helmet use by children ages four to 15 would
prevent up to 45,000 head injuries and up to 55,000 scalp and face injuries annually.
"The most common serious injury we see from bicycle accidents is head
injury," says Dr. Ryan Redman, Pediatric Emergency Medical Physician
at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. "Helmet use can prevent
almost all of this from happening. But parents need to set the example.
No matter where children are riding – whether in the yard or on
the street - they need to wear a helmet."
For more information on helmet safety, call Children's Hospital Injury
Prevention coordinators at (865) 541-8165.