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Breakstone, White & Gluck Donates 200 Children’s Bicycle Helmets to Quincy Police Department

Breakstone, White & Gluck Donates 200 Children’s Bicycle Helmets to Quincy Police Department

The Quincy Police Department is celebrating National Bike Month with a special donation from Breakstone, White & Gluck, a Boston personal injury law firm, and its Project KidSafe campaign.

Breakstone, White & Gluck founded its Project KidSafe campaign in 2013, with a commitment to prevent head injuries and teach children about the importance of wearing helmets. More than 25,000 bicycle helmets have now been given away to children in partnership with police departments, bike committees and other organizations in the Boston area.

During 2019, Breakstone, White & Gluck plans to donate more than 4,000 helmets to more than 35 community organizations in Massachusetts.

Breakstone, White & Gluck and the Quincy Police Department urge cyclists of all ages to wear helmets to protect against concussions and head injuries. Children age 16 and younger are required to wear bicycle helmets under Massachusetts law.

Bicycle helmets are an important tool for cyclists, reducing the chance of head injury by 50 percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Helmets are essential because accidents can happen at any time, even on quick trips.

Breakstone, White & Gluck encourages cyclists to wear bicycle helmets with the following tips:

  •  Before you shop, find a flexible tape measure and measure around your head. Measure from about an inch above your eyebrows
  • Rather than shopping online, try to purchase a helmet at a local bicycle shop. Ask the staff to help you fit it properly.
  • Before you purchase, ask if the helmet meets the safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Don’t share bicycle helmets. Each cyclist should have their own helmet.
  • Store your helmet inside; a garage, your home or another secure and protected area.
  • Replace bicycle helmets when they become worn or if you or your child outgrow yours. As a rule, purchase a new helmet every two or three years at a minimum. From the outside, your helmet may appear to be in good condition. Yet the protective material inside can deteriorate without any visible sign.
  • Immediately replace bicycle helmets which hit the ground in bicycle accidents or falls.
  • Carry your bicycle helmet if you want to use a bikeshare. Make it a rule not to rent a bike without a helmet.
  • Plan ahead: Keep an extra bicycle helmet at work or at home.
  • Remember, parents who wear helmets encourage children to wear helmets.
  • Take children to bicycle safety events in the community to encourage their interest in cycling and safety.

Learn more about the Project KidSafe campaign at www.bwglaw.com/bikes.

Watch a video demonstrating how to fit a bicycle helmet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ4wWoChSe8

 

officers & Atty White standing in front of cruiser holding bike helmets