I am sure you hear from others that when we were growing up, we never used safety gear when riding bicycles. Is it really necessary or do we go overboard with all these measures? I asked some of our experts what they think about every day safety.
Jeff of Weehoo.com (Boulder, CO):
I feel that helmets are very important. I make my kids wear them at all times, but I rarely do:( Parents are faced with many decisions every day in regards to their children’s safety. I think helmets are just a good common sense for kids to wear. My 11 month old is now wearing a helmet every time we get on our trailer and he loves it. As far as cycling goes I think it is a good idea for children to wear helmets at all times.
Megan of MNM Special (South Dakota):
A friend of a friend lost her 9 yr old boy last year in Idaho when he fell off his bike & hit his head in their driveway. There might be some things that we go overboard on, but you can never be too safe.
Missy of Mistransformation (South Williamsport, PA):
Necessary. I hit my head bad as a kid without a helmet and I know it affected me somewhat for life
Jennifer of Comeback Mama (Boston, MS):
Necessary. My husband was in an accident where someone opened their car door right as he was coming by. He went head over heals onto the pavement. He would have been so much worse without his helmet.
Toni of Running Loving Living (Wantagh, NY):
Necessary. A helmet can mean the difference between life and death.
Francine of FrancineHaas (Chicago, IL):
I do hear that we never used safety gear when we were kids, every once in a while. And to those people I say, we’ve learned our lessons and so making sure kids wear helmets is a very smart thing! I’ve had a few tumbles on my bike over the years. Some have happened while I was racing, and others happened while I was commuting or just riding my bike. Each time I’ve crashed, I’ve inspected my helmet and found that it was cracked, saving my head. I’m happy to have been wearing my helmet each time I’ve crashed. It’s a simple thing that can prevent a lot of unfortunate consequences.
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