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Cincinnati Children's Hospital holds bike helmet safety event at Mt. Washington School

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CINCINNATI - In an effort to keep kids safe, Cincinnati Children's Hospital is giving away free bike helmets.

The hospital is holding an event at the Mt. Washington School at 1730 Mears Ave. at 1 p.m. Wednesday. There will be free helmet fittings taking place and free bike helmets given out while supplies last.

A bike officer will be on hand to show kids how to properly put on their helmets. A hospital worker will also give a presentation on how to prevent head injuries.

Parents are urged to always protect their child's head and have the youngsters wear a helmet before going out for a ride.

Children 1-year-old or younger should not wear a helmet or travel on a bike -- or ride on the back of a parent's bike or in a trailer behind a bike -- because their neck structures are too weak.

Officials said a helmet is considered safe if it is certified by CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission.)

Experts said 51,000 people were hurt in 2010 after choosing to not wear a helmet.

Currently in Ohio, estimates indicate that only 10 to 20 percent of children wear bike helmets, yet more than 70 percent of children ages five to 14 ride a bicycle regularly.

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