If your child needs a helmet, please call our prevention office at 791-4502.
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
A bicycle can be a lot of fun, and can also take you places! Cycling is an excellent way to increase the heart rate, improve overall strength and endurance, and is a fun way to help maintain a healthy weight. The obesity rate among children in America has skyrocketed with 10% of children two to five, 20% of children six to eleven, and 18% of adolescents twelve to nineteen all falling under the category of obese (CDC 2008). Acknowledges this, Tucson Fire stays determined to promote health, wellness and safety throughout the Tucson community by offering free helmets and fittings upon request.
Preventing Brain Injury
Each year in the United States more than 500,000 people are treated in the emergency room for bicycle related injuries, with children under fifteen accounting for 59% of those injuries according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Head injuries account for 62% of all bike related deaths. Studies have shown that wearing a helmet can reduce brain injury and permanent disability by up to 88%.
Tips To Be Safe
GET A BIKE THAT FITS YOU
A bike that is too big or too small can be dangerous and uncomfortable. Check the size of the frame, seat height, handlebars, and that it has the neccessary safety features such as reflectors and sturdy pedals. A light, mirror, and bell or horn can be added later if needed.
INSPECT YOUR BIKE
Tires, frame, wheels, chain, seat, brakes, and pedals should be properly maintained and checked regularly.
ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET
Wearing a helmet every time you ride is the ONLY way to prevent brain injury. HELMETS SAVE LIVES! Make sure your helmet meets the U.S. CPSC safety standards and that it fits you properly.
Wear bright colors, be sure to wear reflective tape and white/light colored clothes if you are riding at night, consider using leg clips and gloves for further protection and comfort.
FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD
Always stop comlpetely and look both ways before crossing, always cross in a crosswalk if possible and walk your bike, make eye contact with all motor vehicle drivers, use proper hand signals, always ride your bike on the right hand side of the road, obey traffic signals, pay attention to street signs, and be cautious when riding near parked cars.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT
Look out for pedestrians, other cyclists, animals, and road conditions.
Keep both hands on the handlebars, ride single file, don't wear headphones, and never hitch a ride.