(5/18/12) - Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution during Bike and Wheeled Sports Safety Month (May) as well as year-round with these safety tips.
Before a ride, it is important to take steps to make sure your child is protected. Buy a bicycle that is the right size for your child - not one he or she will "grow into." Bring them along to the bike shop to purchase the right fit.
Place reflectors on the front, back, and sides of the bike, skates or scooter.
Check often to be sure that:
• Reflectors are secure
• Brakes work well
• Gears shift smoothly
• Tires are on tight and properly inflated
Consider clothes with reflective materials to help drivers spot kids on wheels.
Use the Helmet Fit Test:
Eyes: Put the helmet on your child's head and have him/her look up. You should see the bottom rim of the helmet.
Ears: Make sure the straps form a "V" under your child's ears when buckled. The straps should be a little tight but comfortable.
Mouth: Have your child open their mouth as wide as possible. Does the helmet hug their head? If not, tighten the straps.
For more information about child safety, call Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal at (843) 777-5021 to speak to an Injury Prevention Specialist.