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  Wear a Helmet, Get a Drumstick!

Jun 01, 2010 08:10 ET

Hey kids – wearing a bicycle helmet reduces your risk of head injury by 88 per cent, and now it can also earn you a delicious meal.

During Bike Safety Week, May 31 – June 5, Durham Regional Police officers will be rewarding kids seen wearing their bicycle helmet properly. They will be given vouchers that can be redeemed for one free kids’ meal at any Swiss Chalet restaurant in Durham Region.

“This summer, Durham Regional Police would like to remind our youth the importance of being safe while having fun on wheels,” says Cst. Astrid Morse. “During our Bike Safety Week, kids who set a good example for bike safety in our community will be rewarded.”

The week will wrap up with a special Bike Fun and Safety Day at the Kids’ Safety Village this Saturday, June 5 from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. This free event for kids of all ages will offer interactive bike safety sessions to explore. Kids will have the opportunity to have their bicycle and gear inspected by experts from Impala Bicycles, learn how to wear a helmet property and have their face painted. Every participant will receive a certificate and have the chance to win great prizes.

Kids are reminded to bring their own bicycle and helmet to the event and donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted.

How to Ensure Your Helmet Fits Properly

Remember the 2-4-1 salute!

2 – Two fingers above your eyebrow to the bottom of your helmet.
4 – Four fingers (two on each side) to represent the V-strap around the bottom of your ear lobes
1 – One finger between the strap and your chin.

A properly fitted helmet should not wobble on your head. Never wear hats or high ponytails underneath your helmet.

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Cst. Astrid Morse with Bike Safety Ambassador Helen (JPG file, 142.4K bytes)
Representatives from Durham Regional Police and Swiss Chalet pose with Helen (JPG file, 474.6K bytes)