By Autumn Waite, Snohomish Fire District 7 Public Information Office/Educator.
Throughout the spring and summer, Snohomish County Fire District 7 firefighters will be rewarding children who are properly wearing helmets while participating in any non-motorized wheeled activity, such as biking, scootering, in-line skating or skateboarding.
Fire District 7 has partnered with Safe Kids and McDonald’s in this campaign to encourage safe riding and helmet use. Firefighters will issue a “Safe Rider Citation” to each child they spot riding safely and wearing a helmet. The citation card can be redeemed for one free Happy Meal at participating McDonald’s restaurants.
Firefighters will always be in marked fire department vehicles and uniforms when handing out the Safe Rider Citations.
Low-cost bicycle and multi-sport helmets are available at all Fire District 7 fire stations. Bicycle riders with helmets have an 85 percent reduction in their risk of head injury and an 88 percent reduction in their risk of brain injury.
- Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.
- Adjust your bicycle to fit properly and check your equipment.
- See and be seen.
- Watch for and avoid road hazards.
- Avoid riding at night.