Phoebe hopes to prevent head injuries with free bike helmets

Phoebe hopes to prevent head injuries with free bike helmets
Dr. James Black (Source: WALB)
Dr. James Black (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - School is out and Phoebe's Emergency Center is teaming up with community leaders to hand out free bicycle helmets for kids.

The Pecan City Pedalers and the Albany Police Department will be helping with fittings this weekend for children 12 and under, in an effort to keep kids healthy, active and injury-free.

"Well, you know yearly there are nearly a half million injuries related to bicycle riding, and that more than eclipses the number caused by skateboarding, swimming and other forms of exercise. So bicycle safety is a big cause of injury and accident to children," said Medical Director for Emergency Services Dr. James Black.

The Bicycle Safety Helmet Giveaway will be on Saturday in Tift Park from 9 a.m. to noon.

There are a limited number of helmets in sizes small, medium and large. To receive a helmet, children will have to be present to receive a fitting.

Helmets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.

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