Warmer weather brings out kids on bikes, helmet safety reminders


The weather is getting nicer and soon we'll see lots of kids out on their bikes.It's a good time to remind kids to always wear their helmets.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent and severe brain injury by 88 percent.

"I always hear kids say I'm a really good bike rider I don't need to wear a helmet but how many times when you're out on a walk do you see people driving and texting and not paying attention," Dr. Sarah Denny says.

And while sometimes accidents can't be prevented, wearing protection does play a big role.

"We know that 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities could be prevented if a child had been wearing a helmet. So we really want kids to wear their helmet all the time and wear it properly. And if a child is wearing a helmet on their head and it's not buckled it's like not wearing a helmet at all," Dr. Denny explains.

Her advice is to adjust the straps and clip the kids in properly.

"When you put the helmet on the child's head you want to make sure it's fitting snuggly and it makes a nice Y around the ears," she says.

She also advises adults to wear helmets too, to set the example for kids.

"In our house, if you don't have your bike helmet on you don't leave the house. Like if you don't have your seatbelt on the car doesn't move," she says.

It's important to look on the inside of the helmet to see if the label says it's certified by the consumer product safety commission.

You also want to check the outside of the helmet to make sure it doesn't have any cracks or dents.