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April 16, 2014

Spring into warm-weather activities safely

Of course. Mother Nature finally supplies a day of sunshine and warmth inspiring kiddos to run outside; moments later a bike wreck brings the fun to a screeching halt. Fortunately, a bandage and a kiss remedy the skinned knee. The incident also offers this mom an important reminder. After a winter fighting bitter cold and piles of snow we are all anxious to finally get outside. In the rush to enjoy days of sunshine, pausing to recap a few safety rules ensures the days go smoothly. Bike safety — The long winter offered ample opportunity for kids to do what they do best — grow. Recheck bike size to ensure children aren’t trying to get by on a bike that no longer fits. Accidents are far more likely if the child fights to maintain balance because of a too-small or oversized bike. Likewise, check helmets for fit. I came late to the helmet bandwagon. They flop around, they block vision, and they are hard to strap on — all safety issues in my mind. Yet, after two family members suffered severe brain injury (unrelated to accidents) I’ve learned to protect the brain. Properly fitting helmets keep them from flopping or impairing vision. If the off-the-shelf helmet doesn’t work, go to a shop where a clerk can ensure a good fit. Two fingers should fit between strap and chin. The helmet should fit flat to the top of the head, move with the head and not slide. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

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