Release Date: 3/8/2013
Free bike helmet fittings
Each year in the United States, about 800 bicyclists are killed and more than 500,000 are treated for injuries in hospital emergency departments. Nearly two thirds of the deaths and one third of the injuries involve the head and face. For children under age 10, nearly half of the injuries are to the head and face. Helmets may reduce the risk of head injury to bicyclists by as much as 85 percent, but only about half of bicyclists wear them.
Trained staff members from St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s Emergency Department offer free bicycle helmet fittings for adults and children, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month, April through October. The next fitting is scheduled for June 4, 2013. Fittings are provided at Anthony House, 10016 Kennerly Road, directly behind the main hospital.
Participants receive the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pamphlet, “Your Bicycle Helmet, A Correct Fit,” which gives step-by-step instructions to proper helmet fitting.
For those needing a helmet, one may be purchased at the fitting for $10. Only cash payment is accepted. These helmets meet U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards and come in a wide variety of colors and sizes for children and adults.
For more information about free helmet fittings, contact St. Anthony’s Trauma Services at 314-525-4069.
For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.
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