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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

Make a Helmet Part of the Gift

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With the major gift-giving holidays nearly upon us, choosing safety is the best present you can give. Whether you're giving anything with wheels (bike, scooter, skates, hoverboard, etc), snow-related equipment (skis, snowboard, sled), or a pony (!), make a helmet part of the gift.

Source:  U.S. CPSC  "Which Helmet for Which Activity?"

Source: U.S. CPSC "Which Helmet for Which Activity?"

When we move faster than our bodies can naturally carry us, we need to wear helmets to protect our heads. Helmets are recommended for a growing number of activities, and each activity often requires a different type of helmet. For instance, equestrian helmets are designed to prevent injury from the specific risks of riding horses, such as getting kicked in the head or falling onto a fence.

To make life easier, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has put together a list of all the activities where a helmet is needed and the right type of helmet for that activity. It also makes a note of required or voluntary safety standards that apply to helmets. Look carefully at the chart to see which helmet you need to complete your gift, and only buy a helmet that meets standards.

Source:  U.S. CPSC  "Which Helmet for Which Activity?"

Source: U.S. CPSC "Which Helmet for Which Activity?"

Once you find the right helmet, make sure it fits correctly, too. You may need to return to the store to get the right size, but without correct fit, a helmet can’t do its job of protecting your child’s head.

Happy holidays, everyone. We hope every child gets the bike, snowboard, or pony of their dreams—and the right helmet go to go with it.

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