Kids can learn about bicycle safety, meet firefighters and tour fire engines at Snohomish County Fire District 1’s Ready to Roll Bike Safety Open House this Saturday, July 24 in Edmonds.
This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Edmonds Fire Station 20, 23009 88th Ave. W., Edmonds.
Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets to ride through the Ready to Roll safety skills course. Bicycle helmets and multi-sport helmets custom-fit by firefighters will be available (suggested donation $7-$10 to cover helmet costs). Children who complete the Ready to Roll bicycle and promise to wear a helmet every time they ride will receive a prize.
Firefighters will lead tours of the fire engine and medic unit, talking about the tools and gear they use. Refreshments and information about a variety of safety topics will also be available during the open house.
“Making low-cost helmets available to the community and promoting bicycle safety is part of Fire District 1’s commitment to reducing injuries. Our firefighters are always ready to respond around the clock, but we’d all prefer to prevent an emergency before it happens,” said Fire District 1 Chief Ed Widdis.
Studies have shown that wearing a helmet can prevent about 85 percent of head injuries from bicycle crashes. Safe Kids USA, an organization committed to childhood injury convention, also found:
- Children are more likely to be injured while riding on residential streets close to home. The typical bicycle/motor vehicle crash occurs within 1 mile of the bicyclist’s home.
- Nearly 60 percent of all childhood bicycle-related deaths occur on minor roads.
- Children age 4 and under are more likely than older children to be injured around the home (driveway, garage, yard).
- Children are four times more likely to be injured when riding in low light (nighttime, dawn or dusk) than in daylight.
In addition to offering custom-fit bicycle and multi-sport helmets at all eight of its fire stations year-round, Fire District 1 provides other programs aimed at preventing childhood injuries including free child car seat checks and fire safety education. To learn more about these programs, visit Fire District 1’s website: www.firedistrict1.org.