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Bicycle Safety
Girl wearing a helmet while riding her bikeHead injuries cause more deaths for children on bikes than any other cause.

The national SAFE KIDS campaign reports that more than 70% of children ages 5-14 (27.7 million) ride bikes. This age group rides 50% more than the average bicyclist and accounts for approximately 21% of all bicycle-related deaths, and nearly half of all bicycle-related injuries. It makes sense that a helmet is necessary.

State & Local Laws
While Washington state currently does not have a bicycle helmet law, many cities and towns have passed legislation requiring children 16 and under to wear helmets. Locally, the cities of Mount Vernon, Sedro Woolley, Burlington, and Anacortes all have helmet ordinances in effect for those who ride motorized scooters.

We encourage everyone to wear a helmet while riding bikes, skateboards, or scooters.

Helmets for Sale
The Burlington Fire Department supplies low cost helmets in cooperation with Skagit EMS and the national SAFE KIDS campaign for those who want them. Helmets are sold at cost. Bike helmets sell for $7 and multi-sport helmets sell for $10. Our helmets are top-of-the-line and come in cool colors. Make an appointment to have you and your child fitted with a helmet today!

Visit our main office at 350 Sharon Ave., or call 360-755-0261 for more information.
      
Helmet Fit Checks
It's not only important to wear a helmet, it's important to wear one that fits correctly. Fit helmets by performing the following checks:
  • Eyes Check: Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet (one to two fingers above the eyebrows).
  • Ears Check: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a "V" under your ears when buckled. The straps should be snug but comfortable.
  • Mouth Check: Now open your mouth as wide as you can! Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps!