Burke to Offer Injury Prevention Clinic and Distribute Free Kids’ Bike Helmets

Published April 7, 2016

As the weather warms up, letting kids ride their bikes outside is a great way to stay active and have fun. But keeping them safe while they ride is key: Each year, some 26,000 bike-related injuries to kids and teens are ER-treated traumatic brain injuries, according to the CDC. One of the best ways to ensure they stay safe on the road? Make sure they wear a helmet.  

To that end, on Saturday, April 9, Burke, in association with the City of White Plains Parks & Recreation Department, will be hosting a ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Clinic, providing injury prevention education to children and their parents—as well as providing FREE bike helmets for kids ages 3-18.

Burke is the local affiliate of the ThinkFirst program, a national injury prevention program that provides safety education to school-age children in the hope of reducing serious injury. Burke physical therapists, who are ThinkFirst volunteers, present the program at schools and through community organizations as a way to help educate youth about personal vulnerability and risk taking behaviors. The program is offered free of charge.

The helmets are being made possible by a grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation thanks to the generous support of Forester Capital.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will take place at Public Safety Headquarters at 77 South Lexington Avenue in White Plains. It also features a car seat safety demonstration, where trained professionals will show you how to safely and correctly install and use your child’s safety seat. Admission is free and open to all, and registration can be done on-site. Helmets will be offered while supplies last.

The event is sponsored by the White Plains Police Department, Safe Kids: Westchester County and Tom Lavelle State Farm Insurance.

For more information on Burke’s ThinkFirst program, call Burke at (914) 597-2480. For more information on the event, call the City of White Plains at (914) 422-1339.

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