Eastern Maine Medical Center and Safe Kids Maine are working together to ensure young bicyclists who attend the Hampden Children’s Day festivities on Saturday, August 12 are staying safe by wearing helmets and using them correctly.
Representatives from Safe Kids Maine and Eastern Maine Medical Center Trauma Care will be on hand to share safety tips and distribute helmets to any child who does not have one. Children who have damaged helmets can also have them replaced at no cost.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics published a study showing that bicycle helmets can prevent the occurrence of up to 88 percent of serious brain injuries,” says Duska Thurston, MD, a pediatric faculty member at EMMC Family Medicine Center and Residency Program. “Unfortunately, many children are at risk because they either do not always wear a helmet, or because their helmet is damaged. Providing education and ensuring children have helmets that fit properly is one way we can make a difference.”
Helmets will be distributed and safety tips will be shared during the parade lineup and bicycle decorating activity between 9:30 and 11 am at Reeds Brook Middle School. Helmets will also be available after the parade between 12 and 1:30 pm or until they are gone.
The bicycle safety partnership between Eastern Maine Medical Center and Safe Kids Maine is part of a year-long collaboration that has included several free car seat safety checks. These activities are generously funded by EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
For more information about the helmet distribution, please call Suzanne Grace, state coalition coordinator, Safe Kids Maine, at 899-9461.