Each year in the United States, about 100 children die and 254,000 are injured as a result of bicycle-related accidents. The statistics are dismal:
- 99% of kids in the U.S. do not wear helmets when they ride bicycles.
- 85% of head injuries to kids can be avoided if they wear helmets.
- 33% of emergency room visits by children are for head injuries.
The Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District would like to reduce these statistics. Through the generous donation of a grant from the Rodeo Municipal Advisory Commission, the Fire District is able to offer bicycle helmets to residents of Rodeo and Hercules free to children under 14 years of age. The Fire District will continue the bicycle helmet program at its annual Open House held in October at the Hercules Fire Station at 1680 Refugio Valley Road. Residents must show proof-of-residency and each individual requesting a helmet must appear in person in order to be properly fitted.