Kids to receive free bike helmets during Bike Helmet Safety Awareness week

Bike helmets were given away at Mill Creek MetroParks in Canfield, Ohio.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – As part of Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week, thousands of children will be getting free bike helmets in May.

The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics are teaming up to give away more than 10,000 free bicycle helmets.

The Put A Lid On It campaign will distribute the helmets to local organizations across the state and provide training including how to properly fit kids with bike helmets.

“The purpose of the bike helmet is to prevent those really serious brain injuries and even death. We know that 75 percent of pediatric bicycle related fatalities would have been prevented if the child was wearing a bike helmet,” said Sarah Denny of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Various groups will be passing the helmets out at Bike Helmet Safety Awareness events that will be held between May 9 and 21.

To find out who will be giving helmets away in the Valley, click here.

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