CCFR providing helmet fitting at area elementary school events
A St. Peters area teenager was taken to a St. Louis children’s hospital following a bicycle crash in a subdivision near the Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) Willott Rd. fire station on Wednesday, Aug. 29. The teenager was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
“We cannot emphasize enough the importance of always wearing a bike helmet, which is why we offer free bike helmet fittings in the community and at our headquarters. We want our residents to be safe when they are bicycling and help prevent head injuries,” CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown says.
Firefighters from CCFR will be at the Hawthorne Elementary Community Night (166 Boone Hills Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376), from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 offering free bike helmet checks and fittings. They will also have new helmets available for purchase and fitting. A $5 donation per bike helmet is suggested.
They will also provide this service Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the St. Peters Elementary (400 McMenamy Rd., St. Peters, MO 63376) Community Resource Night.
In addition, community members can always stop by the District’s headquarters (1220 Cave Springs Blvd., St. Peters, MO 63376), which is open from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, for a complimentary helmet check or fitting. New helmets are also available for purchase.
A properly fitted bike helmet can dramatically reduce the injuries suffered in a bike crash. Statistics from the National Safety Council found those who wear a helmet while riding reduce the risk of a head injury by an estimated 60 percent.
“We want to make sure that a properly fitted bike helmet is accessible to anyone in our community who needs one,” Brown says.