The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / NewsSafety Accessories Make the Perfect Child's Gift
With less than two weeks before Christmas, many parents, grandparents and adoring aunts and uncles will be hitting the stores in search of those must-have toys on the wish lists of the children in their lives. Titusville Fire and Emergency Services have a couple of gift-giving suggestions that will help keep the holidays safe as well as enjoyable for everyone. If Santa will be putting bicycles, skateboards and in-line skates (among others) under the tree this year, how about also giving safety accessories to go along with those gifts?
1. The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet.
- A bicycle helmet is a necessity, not an accessory. Make it a rule every time you and your child ride a bicycle, wear a bicycle helmet that meets the safety standards developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Wear a bicycle helmet correctly. A helmet would sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly. Try the Eyes, Ears and Mouth Test:
- EYES: Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
- EARS: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
- MOUTH: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.
2. Light reflectors on bicycles are of paramount importance, especially when riding at dusk, dawn or (when unavoidable) at night. To see and be seen, also mount a light on the bike.
3. Wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve biker visibility to motorists.
Other wheeled-sports activities (scooters, roller or in-line skates, skateboard and long boarding)
1. Children should always wear a helmet for all wheeled-sports activities.
- A properly fitted bike helmet is just as effective when riding a scooter or roller or in-lines skates
- However, when skateboarding and long boarding, make sure your child wears a skateboarding helmet.
2. Additional protective equipment recommended for most personal wheeled-sports activities, include:
- Knee and elbow pads
- Ankle protection
- Sturdy, closed-toe shoes
- Sports glasses, if vision is impaired and corrective lenses are required for normal activities