Monday, August 21, 2017

Bicycle & Multi-Sport Helmets

 Bike & Multi-Sport Helmet Program

  HelmetTO HELP KEEP RIDER'S NOGGINS SAFE, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One offers bike helmets at a discounted rate of $7 and multi-sport helmets for $10 in sizes toddler through extra-large for kids and adults. 

Stop by *Headquarters anytime between 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday or at **Gig Harbor Fire Station 51 anytime between 7am - 4pm, Monday through Friday  (cash or checks only please):

*Headquarters: 10222 Bujacich Rid NW, Gig Harbor, WA  98332
**Gig Harbor Fire Station: 6711 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor, WA  98335

*The wearer must be present so we can provide a custom fit; however gift certificates are available!

Bike Helmet 4-1-1

Q. Why Are Bicycle Helmets So Important?

A properly fit bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent! Most deaths related to bicycle falls and collisions involve head injuries. This means that wearing a helmet can save your life.

Q. Do I Really Need To Wear A Bicycle Helmet?

Yes. Laws now require helmet use in many areas. Not to mention, each year bicycle-related deaths number about 900, and United States hospital emergency rooms treat more than 500,000 people for bicycle-related injuries. More children, ages 5 to 14, go to United States hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with bicycles than any other sport. Many of these injuries involve the head. If you do not wear a bicycle helmet, you are risking your life.

No helmet, no wheels. The same rule applies to little ones riding in bicycle trailers and in bike seats. Adults can help set a good example and protect themselves by always wearing a helmet, too.

Q. Will Bicycle Helmets Protect Me When Playing Other Sports?

Bicycle helmets offer head protection for sports like in-line skating and roller skating. In addition, wrist guards, knee pads, and Multisport Helmetelbow pads are recommended for these sports.

Those who skateboard or do more aggressive (trick or freestyle) skating should consider multi-sport helmets made specifically for these activities that also meet the safety standards. These helmets cover more of the head, especially in the back. Wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads will offer additional body protection.

Q. Can I Still Use My Helmet If It Has Been In A Crash?

No. Any helmet that has been involved in a crash needs to be replaced immediately - even if there are no visible signs of damage.

  Wear It Right...

   Helmet testIt's not enough just to wear a helmet; it needs to be properly fitted to be effective.

Do a simple "eyes, ears, and mouth" test.

  Eyes: The child should be able to look up and see the rim of the helmet. It should be about two finger widths above the eyebrows.
Ears: Straps should form a "V" under the ears when buckled, and should be snug and comfortable.
Mouth: With your mouth open, you should feel the helmet hug your head. If not, tighten the straps.

The helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position and shouldn't rock forward and backward or side to side.  The helmet straps must always be buckled...but not too tightly.
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Committee Information

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One is considering the proposal of a General Fire Levy Lid-lift measure for the  November 7, 2017 General Election.  As such, we are seeking members for the “For” and “Against” Committees as required by RCW 29A.32.280. Interested parties should contact Executive Assistant Danette Weyn by July 28th at 5:00 PM.


Danette Weyn
10222 Bujacich Rd. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
(253) 851-3111

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