Warm weather brings
the return of many favorite outdoor activities such as riding bikes, scooters,
roller skates, and skateboards. These activities are a great way to have fun
and stay active. However, these activities also involve a risk of injury.
That’s why Aspirus
Health and Safe Kids Marathon County partners are joining forces to bring the
national “Caught Being Safe” initiative back to Marathon County this summer to
encourage kids to wear helmets for wheeled sports.
“Children ages 5-14
are seen in the emergency room for bike-related injuries more than any other
sport, yet less than half of children Ages 14 and younger wear helmets,” said
Amanda Tabin, Safe Kids and Injury Prevention Coordinator at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
“Nearly half of the children hospitalized for bike-related injuries are
diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. Wearing a helmet for activities like
riding a bike can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by up to 85
Safe Kids Marathon
County partners, such as officers from the Wausau and Everest Metro Police
Departments, will keep an eye out for kids wearing a helmet when participating
in wheeled sports such as riding a bike or scooter. For those “caught being
safe” and wearing a helmet, they will be rewarded with a coupon for one free
small cake cone at any Briq’s Soft Serve location. In addition, kids that do
not have a helmet may receive a ticket they can redeem for a free helmet.
“We love to see
citizens and visitors outside using their bicycles to enjoy the outdoors, but
we also know that crashes happen with riders of all skills and abilities” said
Lieutenant Nathan Cihlar with Wausau Police Department. “Caught Being Safe is a
good reminder and extra incentive for kids to protect all the fun they want to
squeeze into summer by wearing a helmet whenever venturing out for a ride.”
For more bicycle
safety tips, such as how to properly fit a helmet, visit https://www.aspirus.org/bicycle-safety.