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Provo firefighters hand out hundreds of helmets for kids

Posted at 11:57 AM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 13:57:33-04

PROVO, Utah — Provo Fire Union 593 wants kids to be safe as they play outside, so they're educating the community on bike safety and giving away free helmets Friday and Saturday.

“We just decided to come down and get helmets because the kids' helmets are getting small on them and some of them were ruined,” said Deanna Hadlock of Provo.

Demon United donated 400 helmets for Provo firefighters to give away. Provo Firefighters Union spokesman Gage Eckles said if the helmets prevent even a single injury, the initiative will have been worthwhile.

“ Whether you’re riding a scooter or skateboard, roller blades, anything, bicycle, just make sure you wear a helmet because if we are able to prevent those head injuries and that’s what we wanna do,” Eckles said.

Firefighters are also educating kids on the dangers of riding bikes and how to prevent accidents.

“ I feel like the kids need to know how important it is to be safe when they’re riding, and parents also need to be aware of that because it can really save lives when it comes right down to it, when the kids are out riding around, and accidents happen all the time you just never know,” said Hadlock.

Members of the Provo Bike Collective were also at the event Friday to conduct bike safety inspections.

Friday's helmet giveaway lasts until 1 p.m. at the Provo Skate Park. A second event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Fort Utah Park.