Two local organizations are working together to keep kids safe.
Lincoln County SAFE KIDS Coalition has teamed up with Christian Ministry of Lincoln County to provide bicycle helmets to children this Christmas, according to Lincoln County Fire Marshal Mike Futrell.
This is the second year that SAFE KIDS has assisted Christian Ministry, Futrell said.
â€œWe want to provide education and prevention tools to parents to prevent injuries before they happen,â€ Futrell said.
Head injuries from the lack of wearing protective gear continue to be on the rise.
Bicycles are associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except the automobile, according to SAFE KIDS data. More than 70 percent of children ages 5 to 14 â€” 27.7 million â€” ride bicycles
Head injury is the leading cause of death in bicycle crashes and is the most important determinant of bicycle-related death and permanent disability.
Head injuries account for more than 60 percent of bicycle-related deaths, more than two-thirds of bicycle-related hospital admissions and about one-third of hospital emergency room visits for bicycling injuries. The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet.
Riding without a bicycle helmet significantly increases the risk of sustaining a head injury in the event of a crash. Non-helmeted riders are 14 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than helmeted riders.
In 2001 North Carolina implemented the North Carolina Child Bicycle Safety Act which mandates that children 15 years old and younger wear bicycle helmets when riding.
If the law is violated, a civil find of up to $10 can be imposed.
For the first conviction the fine may be waived if a helmet has been purchased or otherwise obtained.
Lincoln County SAFE KIDS needs help in order to keep providing the helmets to needy children.
For information on how to assist the group call the fire marshalâ€™s office at 704-736-8516.by Alice Smith