New bike helmets available at Kearney Library

Bike Helmet

Every hour, 50 kids visit the ER with a biking, scooter or skating related injuries. Serious, even life-threatening, head trauma account for 11 percent of those visits.

To help protect your family, CHI Health Good Samaritan and Safe Kids Platte Valley will have 200 new bike helmets available to the public from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at the Kearney Public Library 2020 First Ave.

Helmets, toddler through adult sizes, will be distributed first-come, first-served. Each is provided at a reduced price: a suggested donation of $10 to the Good Samaritan Foundation. All helmets meet current safety standards and will be fitted by trained staff members from Good Samaritan Emergency Services.

The activity is part of Kearney Public Library's Summer Reading Kickoff event.

Bike Helmet Statistics from

• Bike helmets reduce head injuries by 85 percent, brain injury by 88 percent.

• In 2015 in the United States, over 1,000 bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries.

• Data from 2010 show fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists resulted in

• lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $10 billion.

• Children (5-14 years) and adolescents (15-19 years) have the highest rates.

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