Put a Lid on It! Bike Helmet Safety Campaign

On April 16, the Ohio AAP distributed more than 9,000 bike helmets to partners in preparation for the Put a Lid on It! Bike Helmet Safety Awareness campaign. Recipients of helmets for 2019 included Ohio AAP members, police and fire departments, schools, and dozens of other organizations that had previously filled out an application for the program. These organizations will hold events during Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Month in May 2019. For the fifth year, the Ohio AAP partnered with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to distribute the helmets at their facility near downtown Columbus.

Each year, the number of people injured by not wearing a bike helmet is 51,000 – enough people to fill nearly half of Ohio stadium! Simply providing a $10 helmet to a child can also take $41 out of our health care system. Since 2011, the Ohio AAP has operated the Put a Lid on It! Campaign to promote Bike Helmet Safety Awareness. Millions of people have heard the message of helmet safety through the campaign and more than 57,000 helmets have been given out.

Ohio AAP members can be involved in promoting bike helmet safety in simple ways, such as:

  • Distribute Ohio AAP Put a Lid on It! flyers and materials to families in your practice, particularly parents of children who ride bikes! You can download materials at: www.ohioaap.org/putalidonit
  • Post messages on your Twitter feed and Facebook page before and during the month of May 2019 and use the hashtag #BikeHelmetSafety. View sample posts here
  • Follow us on Twitter at @OHPediatricians and retweet our messages to your followers
  • Send an email message to members and employees of your organization to inform them of Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Month in May 2019

Please contact Hayley Southworth for more information on becoming involved in Bike Helmet Safety with the Ohio AAP.

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