Helmet Safety Program - "We Caught You Using Your Head"
For the summer of 2011 the Sport Medicine and Science Council is pleased to have Tamra Irwin as its Helmet Safety Coordinator.
Each summer, the Sport Medicine Council of Manitoba administers a program dealing with helmet safety and awareness. In recent years, the program has expanded from promoting only bicycle helmet use to including inline skating and skateboarding helmet use. The goal of "We Caught You Using Your Head" is not only to increase helmet use among the general public, but also to inform those already wearing helmets of the correct way to protect their head.
Some of the many initiatives and events attended or coordinated by the SMCM's Helmet Safety Program include the following:
RORKETON SCHOOL - SAFETY FAIR
May 12th, 2011 - Located in Rorketon, MB.
Tamra and her trusted volunteer Kristy Sytkowski traveled to Rorketon, MB to participate in Rorketon School's annual safety fair. Along with a number of other safety oriented organisations, the SMSCM delivered its helmet safety presentation to kids ranging from grade three to grade eight about the severeity of head injuries and the importance of wearing a helmet when partaking in various activities. Schools traveled from surrounding communities to Rorketon School for the day.
May 14th, 2011
This year Tamra took our helmet safety display in all it's entirety to the YMCA's Cycle Carnival (Kimberly Avenue location). Although the helmet display faced winds strong enough to blow the display of the table, Tamra was still able to educate kids and adults alike about the importance of wearing a helmet, as well as the importance of the positive effect that parental role modeling has on helmet usage in children.
TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC
May 29th, 2011
The SMSCM could be found with a Jell-o mold of a brain, a shattered helmet that saved a life, coloring pages for kids and our famous Helmet Safety and Helmet Fitting Board, set up in the Food, Fit & Fun Tent, hosted by the Province of Manitoba and the Department of Healthy Living. Families enjoying the event were encouraged to approach the display, touch the 'Jell-o brain' as well as ask questions regarding helmet safety, bike safety, and helmet fitting.
KING EDWARD SCHOOL - SAFETY NIGHT
June 2nd, 2011
Tamra along with her trusted helmet safety dispaly and Jell-O brain headed to King Edward School for an evening of safety! Talking to kids and parents alike, Tamra answered questions about purchasing as well as fitting helmets, when to replace a helmet, and what types of helmets are best for which activities!
TRANSCONA HI NEIGHBOR FESTIVAL
June 4th, 2011
Tamra had the helmet safety display set up all day at the festival on Saturday!
"We Caught You Using Your Head!"
The SMSCM “We Caught You Using Your Head” helmet safety program is in full swing again this summer, and we are looking for you. Individuals who are “caught using their heads” and wearing their helmets will receive prize packages donated by local businesses in reward for their safe riding practices during wheeled activities. i.e. cycling, skateboarding and rollerblading. Look for us in the parks this summer.
Thanks to our many great sponsors!
Grand Prix Amusements
Oak Hammock Marsh
Fort Whyte Centre
Ruckers Fun Centre
University of Winnipeg Wesmen
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Coronation Bowling Centre
Manitoba Public Insurance
Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba
University of Manitoba Bisions
Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council Inc.
Helmet Safety Facts
• Children between the ages of 5 and 14 are at the highest risk for bicycle related head injuries.
• Head injuries account for 80% of all deaths from bike injuries.
• Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85% and brain injury by 88%.
• It is estimated that the number of cyclists seriously injured in Canada each year is about 7,500.
• The number of deaths ranges from 40 to 70. 88% of those killed were not wearing a helmet, including all those under age 15.
• Those children are 14x more likely to survive if they had been wearing their helmets, and 17% more likely to wear them if their parents do...
BE A ROLE MODEL...PUT ON A HELMET!
Questions/Concerns? Feel free to contact us at:
Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba
145 Pacific Avenue
Phone: (204) 925-5750
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
Safe Kids Canada
Snell Memorial Foundation