Giving Bike Helmets to Children
In Florida and Georgia, any bicyclist under 16 is required to wear a helmet. There are so many excuses for why people don’t want to wear a helmet. It could be uncomfortable, hot, or uncool. But a properly fitting helmet can protect your brain and your life. Farah & Farah provides free properly fitting helmets to children.
According to a U.S. study, when a head injury occurs from a bicycle accident, the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is cut by half. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that over a million people ride bikes but less than half wear helmets. Riders are also less likely to suffer from facial fractures while wearing a helmet.
Bicycle helmets should be available to all people. They can be expensive, especially when you need to replace them as a child grows. By providing helmets, we help families protect their children and remove the financial stress. “We get too many calls to our offices regarding bike accidents. It’s a very serious problem due to the fact that our roads are built for vehicles and are not bike friendly. We can’t change that, but we can instill bike safety early on by distributing bike helmets to children,” said Eddie Farah.
Our staff reinforces helmet safety and educates children on how to properly wear a fitted helmet at events throughout the year. We even offer this service at our Jacksonville office to any parent interested in pairing their child with a free helmet. Farah & Farah has given away over 750 helmets to children in our communities since the program started in 2016.
In 2018, we provided free helmets at Safe Kids Day at the Zoo. The Jacksonville Zoo hosted an event dedicated to providing education about keeping our kids safe. We also gave away helmets at the Stuff the Bus event at the St. John’s Town Center. People attend this event to donate supplies to schools in need around Jacksonville. While donating supplies, attendees were able to stop by the Farah & Farah tent for their child to be fitted with a new helmet for the school year.