From the first day we meet our children we work to protect them. From picking out a car seat to baby proofing our homes, as parents we do our best to make sure our baby’s are safe. The tricky part is that babies don’t say babies forever and before you know it they are crawling, walking, running and even biking into trouble! Our job as parents shifts from protector to teacher, so that we can equip our kids with the knowledge and skills to go out into the world have fun and play safe. And that is exactly what Parachute’s Safe Kids Week is all about. Parachute, an organization dedicated to injury prevention, knows that kids love to get outside and play which is why Safe Kids Week is dedicated to raising awareness about safe cycling and road safety.
I know the first thing Monkey wanted to do when the nice Spring days started was to jump on his bike. Before we rushed off for a bike ride we made sure to go over the cycling safety tips to make sure we were on the right track. Here are 4 tips to help keep your family safe this summer:
- Check Your Ride – after a long winter makes sure you check your bikes to make sure that the tires are properly inflated, and that the bike is adjusted properly for height. We had to move Monkey’s seat up a couple of inches as he had grown so much over the winter.
- Time For Helmet Head – Our family rule is that if you are on a bike you need to be wearing a helmet. Imagine Monkey’s disappointment when we brought out his bike for the first time that year and only to find out that he had grown so much that his helmet would not even go over his head! So bike riding that day, he had to settle for a wagon ride instead. After picking up a new helmet he has been happily riding around. A poorly fitting helmet is not “good enough”, you need one that sized properly to protect your head in case of a fall. It is also important to remember that helmets need to be replaced at least every 5 years.
- Not All Helmets Are Created Equal – I didn’t realize until recently that there are some big differences between helmets for biking and skateboarding. This handy guide can help you sort out “Which Helmet for Which Activity” and learn the difference.
- 2V1 – Nothing drives me more crazy then seeing someone wearing a helmet only to notice that they don’t have the chin strap done up or it is so lose you could fit your whole hand through the strap. No one plans for a fall, and the forces of gravity are not going to keep the helmet on your head unless you strap it there! This video will show you everything you need for making sure you are fitting helmets properly for both yourself and your kids. Don’t know what 2V1 stands for, then you really need to watch the video!
Cycling is the leading cause of injury hospitalization for Canadian Kids under 14. You spent so much time worrying about keeping your kids safe when they were little, spend some time NOW getting educated on cycling and road safety to help protect your kids. make sure you connect with Parachute Canada on Facebook and Twitter where they share helpful information for parents. No one plans to for a child to get injured, yet every year over 13,000 children die due to PREVENTABLE injuries. Let’s work together to decrease that number!
Disclusure: This post was brought to you by Parachute Canada. All opinions are strictly my own.