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Bicycle Safety

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As the weather warms up, kids are spending more time outdoors, and for lots of children that involves getting back on their bikes.

The experts at the Kohl's Injury Prevention Program at the Children's Hospital of Michigan have some tips to keep the safe.

Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting. When it's time to purchase a new helmet, let your children pick out their own; they'll be more likely to wear them for every ride.

Correct fit checklist:
 EYES: Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
 EARS: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a "V" under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
MOUTH" Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.

 Make sure your child knows how to put it on correctly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly.

Other tips:
Tell your kids to ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible.

Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.

Teach your kids to make eye contact with drivers. Bikers should make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop before they cross the street.

When riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening, be bright and use lights - and make sure your bike has reflectors as well. It's also smart to wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve biker visibility to motorists.

Actively supervise children until you're comfortable that they are responsible to ride on their own.

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