Use Your Head, Wear a Helmet!
Silver Cross Offers Tips on Bike Helmet Safety
New Lenox, IL (July 30, 2013) —Going for a bike ride can be enjoyable, relaxing, and sometimes even therapeutic. Unfortunately, not everyone will wear a helmet while riding their bike this summer. In Illinois, there are no laws enforcing the use of bike helmets. Bike riding can be a lot of fun, but accidents do happen. If you are going to ride a bike this summer, make sure you wear a bike helmet to protect yourself from serious injury.
According to U.S. Department of Transportation, over 600 people lost their lives in bicycle related accidents in 2011. This is an astounding statistic in which case many of the injuries could have been prevented with the use of a helmet. The Silver Cross Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen offers are some guidelines detailing what kind of helmet to use and how to correctly use it:
- Your helmet should have a sticker that says it meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
- Wear a helmet every time you ride a bicycle, even if you are going for a short ride!
- Your bike helmet should fit you properly. You don’t want it too big or too small!
- NEVER wear a hat under your helmet.
- Your helmet should be worn level and cover your forehead.
- Always have the helmet straps fastened.
- If you do have an accident and your helmet does its job, consider buying a new one because they don’t work as well after a major crash!
- Reflective stickers are a great choice for your bike helmet for they make you more recognizable to people driving cars.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more children ages 5 to 14 go to emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries than with any other sport; many are head injuries. “Helmets are the single most effective piece of safety equipment for riders of all ages,” urges Dr. Daniel Checco, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Emergency Care Center of Homer Glen. “Be a role model for others and make sure to wear a helmet. It just makes sense.”
Emergency Care Nearby
Whether you are an adult, teenager, or child, you should always have your bike helmet with you when you go for a ride. Not only will you be protecting yourself, but you will also be setting a good example for others to follow. Even with a helmet on, bicycle-related injuries can still happen. It is good to know peace of mind is just minutes away at the Silver Cross Emergency Care Center located at 143rd and Bell Rd. in Homer Glen. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Center is staffed with Silver Cross Hospital’s board certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses. For more information, call (708) 364-6004.
Located in the same building is the Silver Cross Health Center offering MRI, CT, X-ray, Ultrasound, EKG and laboratory services. A physician’s order is required. To schedule an appointment for a test, call (815) 300-7076. There are also several primary and specialty physician offices and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross. For a referral to a physician at the Homer Glen medical center, call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit www.silvercross.org.
About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).