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Thursday, March 26, 2009 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Helmets are a MUST] Page 11 IHHHHHHnnnnnnnnnnn'r r Attention Parents - here's an Universal helmet use could: met shouldn't tip back or forward important lesson to remember Save one life each day and you shouldn't be able to move about bicycle safety before you Prevent one head injury every it in any direction. The chin strap send your children out to ride their four minutes should be securely fastened. bikes. Who is at greatest risk?: Two other features to consider Bicycle helmets are so impor- Children ages 5-15 experience are ventilation and the hardness of tant to children's safety that parents the largest percentage of bicycle the outer shell. In general, the more should require them to wear one, deaths and injuries. The death rates ventilation thereis, the more expen- especially those children of ele- for bicyclists ages 5-15 is nearly sive the helmet will be, butventila- mentary-school age. twice the rate fQr all bicyclists, tion also enhances comfort. Ifa hel- Just how necessary are bicy- Finding the Right Helmet and met is uncomfortable, a child is less cle helmets? Here are some helmet the Right Fit: Look for a label or likely to wear it. A harder outer shell facts according to the Minnesota sticker stating the helmet meets the protects the inner liner and adds to Safety Council: Consumer Product Safety Commis- a helmet's overall durability. Bicycle-related head injuries sion (CPSC) standard. Let children Prices for helmets vary a lot. You cause: pick out their own helmets. Choose don't need an expensive helmet for Two-thirds of bicycle related a style and color they'll want to protection The important part is to deaths each year wear. wear a helmet. One-third of non-fatal bicycle Find the smallest helmet thatEncourage - no, require - your related injuries each year will fit snugly on your head. Wear it children to wear helmets while they More than 600,000 emergency level on the head, about two fingers are bicycling. It could save their department visits each year width from the eyebrows. The hel- lives. Certified Public Accountants Stretch your prom budget By Becky Hagen ]okela, thrift stores, dollars can be saved. Make a budget U of M Extension Borrow a dress or shop sales, plan and be creative in your prom Planning to attend the prom this Consider what you already choices. Look for ways to spend spring? Are you budget conscious, have in your closet, wisely, as it pays for young adults to having fewer dollars to spend than Create unique themed con- find ways to spend less, lower stress you thought?You are not alone, tests with prizes for the follow- and have fun! Proms can be a special event,ing: Frugality (see who can spend For additional information and but may be a drain on individual the least amount of money andto access a "Prom Spending Plan- andfamilybudgets.Manyyouthareuse resources uniquely); Creativity net," visit the NDSU Web site: looking for ways to cut expenses in (who creates the most unique prom