Bike helmet clinics coming to Anoka County

Safe Kids Anoka County will travel around the county in April and May selling and properly fitting bike helmets for residents.

New Bell helmets in a variety of colors and styles – ranging from toddlers to adults – will be available for $12. All helmets comply with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission safety standards.

If you already own a helmet, volunteers will fit it for free.

No appointment is necessary; first come, first served while supplies last – cash and check only.

Clinics will be held:

• April 2, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, 13301 Hanson Blvd. N.W., Andover.

• April 16, 4 to 8 p.m., Blaine Police Department, 10801 Town Square Drive, Blaine.

• April 17, 4 to 6 p.m., Fridley Police Department, 6431 University Ave. N.E., Fridley.

• May 7, 4 to 8 p.m., Blaine Police Department, 10801 Town Square Drive, Blaine.

Everyone is welcome. People do not have to be a resident of the city or county to attend.

Bike-related crashes kill 900 people every year and send about 567,000 to hospital emergency rooms with injuries.

More than 40 percent of all head injury related deaths and approximately three-quarters of head injuries occur among children ages 14 and younger.

Wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent.

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