FREE Bike Helmets for Kids on June 11

Published June 10, 2016

Summer’s finally here! That means it’s time for beach trips, ice cream and lots of bike riding. Staying safe on the road is critical—for you and the kids.

To that end, you can pick up a free bike helmet for kids aged 3-18 and learn more about how to stay safe on the road on Saturday, June 11 in Armonk, where Burke, in association with the North Castle Police Department will be hosting a ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Clinic.

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 ThinkFirst program is a great way for kids—and their parents—to learn and understand more about why helmet safety is important and what they can do to help prevent a life-changing injury from happening,” says Elizabeth Dominick, PT, DPT, NCS, program director of the Spinal Cord Injury/Neurological Program at Burke  and Chapter Director of the ThinkFirst program.

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 the North Castle Police Department at 15 Bedford Road in Armonk. 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.

For more information on Burke’s ThinkFirst program, call Burke Rehabilitation Hospital at (914) 597-2480. For more information on the event, call the North Castle Police Department at (914) 273-9500. 

photo credit: My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; he believed in me.~Jim Valvano viaphotopin (license)

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