Friday, July 28, 2000

Where to get a helmet

        A lightweight, inexpensive helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 85 percent in bicycle accidents, safety experts say. And although helmet use has risen dramatically in the past decade, nearly half of all cyclists still don't use them.

        Statistics show bike-related crashes kill about 800 people (30 percent are under age 16) in the United States annually and send another 567,000 to emergency rooms.

        Children's Hospital Medical Center in Corryville reported bike-related injuries caused 1,093 visits to its emergency room last year, up nearly 14 percent from 962 in 1998. The hospital reported one fatality in 1998.

        The hospital sells helmets at a reduced price at various medical facilities in Greater Cincinnati. Helmets sell for $15 and are available at the hospital at 3333 Burnet Ave. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

        Helmets also can be purchased through outpatient centers in Anderson, Eastgate, Fairfield, Harrison and Mason, as well as the Hopple Street Neighborhood Health at 2750 Beekman St. For addresses and hours of operation, call (513) 636-7865.

        In Waynesville, for a limited time, a free helmet give-away sponsored in part by Children's Medical Center in Dayton is available to local residents. For information, call (513) 897-8010.


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