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It is with great sadness each year that Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area fire departments respond to emergencies of children who are injured as a result of their lack of bicycle safety awareness. These children encounter temporary or permanent injury, which can be devastating. Injuries may change lives because they may result in financial hardship for parents due to expenses associated with medical or physical therapy treatment, and other hardships during the healing process. For the child it can be equally devastating, especially when physical therapy is required, and/or coping with a life long injury.
Across the nation, advocates for childrens’ well being routinely seek audiences to enlighten and send out a message of safety. It is with great effort and care that experts using technological improvements educate and try to protect most children against accidents. Safety equipment, i.e. bicycle helmets, do make a difference in the welfare and safety of loved ones.
Bicycles are meant to provide your children with hours of fun and personal growth. The Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council and the men and women of Kansas City Metropolitan Fire Departments respond to many emergencies where bicycles have adversely affected the lives of riders and the fun has turned into disaster through injury or even death.
It is also noteworthy that Metropolitan fire/emergency medical staff respond to emergencies where protective equipment, when used properly, has reduced the scope of injury, or a child avoided long-term injury because of a message they received from an expert or advocate who cared.
A few simple tips for good riding habits:
Floyd Peoples, Chief Fire Marshal, Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department, 816-784-9100
Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council, 9550 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan. 66212