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Posted on: April 20, 2022

Bike Helmet Program Expands

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Washington County Public Health is pleased to announce that is has partnered with another local Rescue Squad to distribute Bike Helmets to low income families living in Washington County.

On April 13th, Washington County Health Educator Elizabeth St John trained members of Fort Ann Rescue Squad and Fort Ann Rotary to help distribute bike helmets.  

Fort Ann Rescue Squad is added to the list of Washington County Public Health’s other partners, including Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, Easton-Greenwich Rescue Squad, Granville Rescue Squad, Greenwich Volunteer Fire Department and Salem Rescue Squad.

In New York State, bicyclists, in-line skaters and non-motorized scooter operators under 14 years old are required by law to wear safety certified bicycle helmets.  Any parent or guardian whose child violates the helmet law is subject to a fine of up to $50.

More importantly, helmets significantly reduce the risk of sustaining a serious head injury when fitted properly.  According to New York State Department of Injury Prevention, when fitted properly, bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by 85% and traumatic brain injuries by 88%.   Because of their proven effectiveness, New York State encourages people of all ages to wear a helmet while they ride a bicycle!

Washington County Public Health and their partnering agencies will have a limited number of helmets available by appointment.  To be eligible for the program, you must live in Washington County and must qualify for low income programs, such as WIC, SNAP, SSI, Public Assistance, Head Start, etc.   At the Bike Helmet appointment, parents/guardians and children will be educated on proper helmet fit and other bike safety information.   Already have a helmet?  Ask if you can get help fitting it properly!  We would be happy to help.

To schedule your appointment, contact a location near you:

  • Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad:  518- 677-8211
  • Easton-Greenwich Rescue Squad: 518-692-7118
  • Fort Ann Rescue Squad: 518-354-7405  or  518 307-1201   
  • Granville Rescue Squad: 518-642-1830
  • Greenwich Volunteer Fire Department: 518-692-9002
  • Salem Rescue Squad: 518-854-7199
  • Washington County Public Health 518-746-2400 ext 3478

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