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Protective Headgear

WARNING: It is Dangerous to Ride Bicycles, Skateboard, Roller Skate or In-line Skate Without Properly Fitted Protective Headgear.

Connecticut Law, Public Act 18-167, Requires that all Children Under 15 Wear Properly Fitted Protective Headgear  When Riding Bicycles, Skateboarding, Roller Skating or In-line Skating.

  • 70% of all children between the ages of 5 and 14 ride bicycles.
  • Next to motor vehicle-related injuries, bicycles injure more children than any other consumer product.
  • The most common injury sustained on bicycles, skateboards, in-line skating and non-motorized scooters is a head injury; head injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in these types of crashes.
  • Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of death or injury and reduce the severity of the injury by 85% in the event of a crash.
  • There has been a 54% reduction in the number of bike-related deaths since 1999, when national public awareness campaigns about protective headgear began.

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