Evangelical Community Health and Wellness to Hold Bike Helmet Safety Program
Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries, and at least 10,000 kids have injuries that require a few days in the hospital. One such injury is head injury, which can mean brain injury. Wearing a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulated bicycle helmet can reduce the chances of your child experiencing a head injury during a fall.
On Tuesday, June 11, from 4-6 pm a bike helmet safety program will be held for children 12 and under at McDonald’s on Route 15 in Lewisburg. The event is being held by Community Health and Wellness of Evangelical Community Hospital and sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Buffalo valley AM and Kiwanis of Lewisburg.
Children taking part in the event will receive a CPSC regulated bike helmet and instruction on safe bike helmet use in exchange for a book that is in new or good condition. Children must be present to receive a helmet and to have it properly fitted.
All books received during the event will be donated to children through the Eastern Union county Food Bank and to organizations holding summer programs for children. Ronald McDonald will also be making an appearance to greet children and their families.
Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 127 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.
Sheila Packer, Director of Community Health and Wellness at Evangelical Community Hospital, fits a child at the 2012 Bike Helmet Safety event, making sure the helmet is the right size and fitted securely with the necessary straps and padding. The event provides an opportunity to speak to children and parents about the importance of bike helmet safety and how to prevent head and brain injuries.