An estimated 88 percent of head injuries suffered by cyclists could be prevented if all bike riders wore helmets that fit securely and were buckled properly, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
That's why children need helmets every time they get on their bikes, ride in bicycle carriers or ride tricycles or big Wheels.
As a way to minimize head injuries in the area, Fisher-Titus Medical Center has developed the Helmets for Kids program.
The helmets used by FTMC comply with the safety standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and come in four sizes and a variety of colors.
Upcoming Helmets for Kids events include:
6:30-7:30 p.m., June 10, Willard Park, middle shelter near the depot
6:30-7:30 p.m., June 17, Berlin Heights Park, off Memorial Drive
6:30-7:30 p.m., June 25, Milan Town Square
Cold Creek Festival, Castalia, before and after the bike parade at 9:30 a.m. July 19
Noon-8 p.m. Aug. 13, Huron County Fair, Norwalk
Although helmets are not normally distributed from the hospital because of space restrictions, they are available through the week at FTMC's New London Specialty Services office at 111 E. Main St. in New London .
To reach that office, call 419-929-1027.
For more information on FTMC's Helmets for Kids, call 419-660-2544.