WHEELED & ATV SAFETY
Wheeled Safety encompasses Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters, Roller Skating and ATVs.
Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters & Roller Skating
Helmets are the most important piece of safety equipment that can be worn while riding a bicycle. There are 6 steps to ensuring a good fit with a bicycle helmet. Follow them here and watch the video below.
1. Size: Measure your head for approximate size. Try the helmet on to ensure it fits snuggly. While it is sitting flat on top of your head, make sure the helmet doesn't rock side to side. Sizing pads come with new helmets; use the pads to securely fit to your head. Mix or match the sizing pads for the greatest comfort. In your child's helmet, remove the padding when your child's head grows. If the helmet has a universal fit ring instead of sizing pads, adjust the ring size to fit the head.
2. Position: The helmet should sit level on your head and low on your forehead—one or two finger-widths above your eyebrow.
3. Buckles: Center the left buckle under the chin. On most helmets, the straps can be pulled from the back of the helmet to lengthen or shorten the chin straps. This task is easier if you take the helmet off to make these adjustments.
4. Side Straps: Adjust the slider on both straps to form a "V" shape under, and slightly in front of, the ears. Lock the slider if possible.
5. Chin Strap: Buckle your chin strap. Tighten the strap until it is snug, so that no more than one or two fingers fit under the strap.
6. Final Fitting:Does your helmet fit right? Open your mouth wide…big yawn! The helmet should pull down on the head. If not, refer back to step 5 and tighten the chin strap.
• Does your helmet rock back more than two fingers above the eyebrows? If so, unbuckle, shorten the front strap by moving the slider forward. Buckle, retighten the chin strap, and test again.
• Does your helmet rock forward into your eyes? If so, unbuckle, tighten the back strap by moving the slider back toward the ear. Buckle, retighten the chin strap, and test again.
• Roll the rubber band down to the buckle. All four straps must go through the rubber band and be close to the buckle to prevent the buckle from slipping.
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES - ATVs
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), each year, for every one hundred ATVs in use, there is more than one visit to an emergency room for an injury related to riding an ATV. Almost one out of four of these more than 100,000 emergency room patients will be a child under 16. At least one in five patients is likely to have been a passenger on the ATV, despite explicit warnings on the vehicles that there should never be a passenger on an ATV. Each year there will be at least 700 deaths because of an ATV related incident. Since 1982, the CPSC has received more than 11,000 reports of ATV related fatalities, almost 3,000 have been children.
DID YOU KNOW?
The North Carolina legislature passed Senate Bill 189 in August 2005 and North Carolina Governor Michael F. Easley signed this bill into law. This legislation regulates the sale and operation of ATVs and took effect on December 1, 2005. Prior to the passage of this bill, North Carolina did not have any ATV safety requirements.
ATV Safety Messages from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Like other activities involving high speeds and heavy machinery, riding an ATV can be risky. To help stay safe, follow common sense safety tips.
• Get trained
• Wear a helmet
• No children on adult ATVs
• Don't ride tandem
• Don't ride on pavement
• Don't ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• The ATV Safety Institute's Golden Rules: Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves. Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law - another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people. Ride an ATV that's right for your age. Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
Visit ATVsafety.org or call 800.887.2887 for more information.