TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - The Trinity County Health Expo took place on Saturday and lots of children were fitted with a very special gift.
A free helmet giveaway was sponsored by the Texas Medical Association as a part of their Hard Hats for Little Heads program.
East Texas local couple Tim and Karen Dixon own a bicycle business in Huntsville and were sponsored by the association, which is working to give away more than 3,600 helmets to children through the month of October.
"We are giving these helmets out for free to any kid that wants to skate board, ride bikes, and so we're fitting helmets on them and hopefully they'll take them home and wear them." Tim said.
Helmet affordability for kids is one of the reasons that the couple reached out to TMA.
"It's awesome to get with the TMA physicians who want to help kids in a low cost way to put helmets on kids." Tim said.
You may not think that having a helmet when you ride a bike is that big of a deal, but some injuries can be quite serious.
"Head injuries on bicycles even at five or ten miles an hour can cause traumatic brain injury" Tim said.
It's also important for every helmet to be properly fitted to each individual child.
"Some of the children who do wear helmets wear them improperly so it's very important that they know the proper procedures, we also gave a couple away to parents whose children didn't come to the event and we were specific to show them the demonstration as well." Karen said.
By giving these kids the proper head protection and teaching them how to properly wear a helmet during outdoor riding activities a child could avoid a potentially dangerous situation.
"If it's one, it's too many. Knowledge is always the key to success" Karen said.
The three big things to remember to have a properly fitted helmet are size, being able to loosen and tighten the straps accordingly and that the helmet should sit above a child's forehead.