What Public Health Practitioners Can Do to Promote Safety Helmet and Gear Use

  • Educate parents that bicycles, in-line skates, nonmotorized scooters and skateboards are not toys. Stress the importance of wearing safety helmets to prevent head injuries as well as other physical injuries.
  • Explain that New York State Law requires all children between the ages of 1 and 14 to wear approved bicycle or multi-sport helmets while engaging in the above activities.
  • Encourage parental use of bicycle helmets. Let parents know that if they wear a helmet when riding, their children will be more likely to wear one, too.
  • Encourage the use of helmets from the time children learn to ride their first bicycle, scooter, skateboard or in-line skates.
  • Speak directly to children about the importance of protecting their heads and how helmets help to keep them safe.
  • Make parents aware of the importance of insisting that their children wear their helmets every time they ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards or in-line skates. More information on helmet types is available at www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/349.pdf
  • Supply pamphlets and other educational materials to parents. If parents have questions about helmet and gear safety, please refer them to the Department of Health's Bureau of Injury Prevention at (518) 473-1143.
  • Work with pediatricians, family practice physicians, and other providers to educate their families about bicycle safety.