The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District received a $200 grant from the Sisters Kiwanis Community Service Foundation to provide bicycle helmets to Sisters area children who are in need of one. With the grant funding, the Fire District was able to purchase 28 bicycle helmets sized toddler through extra-large.
Safe Kids Oregon reports that every two minutes, a child is treated in an emergency room for an unintentional cycle-related incident. Helmet use is the most effective way to reduce bicycle-related fatalities. In Oregon all children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet. Using a helmet can reduce the risk of serious head injury in children by 78%.
Fire Chief Roger Johnson said, “This is a great partnership with Kiwanis, whose mission is serving the children of the world, and the fire district where we are focused on preventing injuries in our community”.
For more information, or to have your child fitted for a free helmet, please contact the Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire District at (541) 549-0771 or stop by 301 S. Elm Street in Sisters. Helmets will be provided at no charge while supplies last.
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