Injury and Violence Prevention News

May 2006
In this issue:
1. Best practices in preventing bicycle injuries
2. Minnesota Safety Council offers bike safety resources
3. New guide tells Which Helmet for Which Activity
4. Bicycle Helmets: Make Sure They Fit

1. Best practices in preventing bicycle injuries

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center is a national institution that reviews studies of interventions and provides information on what works and what does not work in the field of injury prevention. Its Bicycle Injuries page includes information on bicycle helmet effectiveness in reducing head trauma, bicycle helmet training and education, bicycle lanes and paths, evaluations of bicycle skills training and safety courses, and other bicycle safety interventions.

State-level information is available from the Minnesota Department of Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Unit's Best Practices to Prevent Bicycle Injuries,
which includes Minnesota data, recommendations, and resources.

Both sites have injury and violence prevention topics in addition to bicycle safety.



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2. Minnesota Safety Council offers bike safety resources

Web resources

Printed materials
The following are available from the Minnesota Safety Council, (651) 291-9150 or (800) 444-9150.

  • Bike Safe, Bike Smart: A PDF brochure that includes proper helmet fitting, biking tips and facts.
  • On the Street Stop for the Feet: Information and activities related to Minnesota’s crosswalk law - hard copies are available.
  • Pedestrian Safety: The most important steps she’ll ever learn: A brochure produced by Safe Kids Worldwide and can be purchased for $21 (includes 100 brochures).
  • Wheel Safety: Put Safety on the Brain: This brochure is produced by Safe Kids Worldwide and can be purchased for $21 (includes 100 brochures).

Videos
The following videos may be borrowed at no cost by calling the Minnesota Safety Council, (651) 291-9150 or (800) 444-9150.

  • Be Safe On Your Bike: Uses specific examples to promote bike safety during individual and group biking situations (12 minutes, 1989. Audience: ages 8-12).
  • I’m No Fool On Wheels: Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio illustrate safety procedures for roller skating, bicycling and skateboarding.(13 minutes. Audience: ages 5-9).
  • Little League Traffic Safety Program: Reinforces positive bicycle, pedestrian, and occupant protection behavior for players, parents, and coaches (15 minutes, 1994. Audience: parents and elementary-aged children).
  • Stop and Look With Willy Whistle: Summarizes the correct use of seat belts, child restraints, automatic seat belts and air bags (8 minutes, 1995. Audience: elementary-aged children).


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3. New guide tells Which Helmet for Which Activity

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) has developed, Which Helmet for Which Activity, a guide to help prevent head and brain injuries. It can also be ordered at no cost by calling CPSC’s Hotline, (800) 638-2772. 

Each type of helmet is designed to protect a person’s head from the impact that can take place in the particular sport or activity.

A news release about the guide includes a statement by ice skating Olympic gold medalist and sports commentator Dick Button, a national spokesman for the Brain Injury Association of America. He speaks about his brain injury due to a fall on the ice and strongly encourages greater helmet use.



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4. Bicycle Helmets: Make Sure They Fit

The Minnesota Department of Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Unit's offers a colorful poster, Bicycle Helmets: Make Sure They Fit. The poster, for parents and children, includes comic book art demonstrating how to fit bicycle helmets. It is available in Spanish (8.5" x 11”) , and English (11" x 17”). For free copies, contact Doug Palmer, (651) 281-9857.



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Also see > National Center for Injury Prevention & Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the latest injury prevention news at the national-level.


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Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Minnesota Department of Health
PO BOX 64882
ST PAUL MN 55164-0882
(651) 201-5484
injury.prevention@health.state.mn.us

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