Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights for 5/21/2019 Did you know? As we (tentatively) approach warmer weather, more of us will be out biking, skateboarding and playing sports. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the US in 2015 over 1,000 U.S bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries. Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash. All bicyclists, regardless of age, can help protect themselves by wearing properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. The North Shore Health Department would like to remind everyone, especially parents, to check the fit of their and their children’s bikes AND helmets. Now is the perfect time to replace helmets if they are too old or too small. Like car seats, bicycle helmets are only effective for a limited time and if they are involved in a substantial crash should be replaced. Temperature extremes impact helmets, causing the components to rapidly lose their strength and risk failing after about five years. Note that while many sports require helmets for safe participation, bicycle helmets are not the right helmet for all sports. If you have helmet questions or need help determining if a helmet fits correctly, contact the North Shore Health Department. Our trained staff will assist you and your family with a helmet fitting. We have Bell bike helmets available for $10 if you have it fitted by our staff. Schedule a fitting at either location (Brown Deer or Shorewood) by calling 414-371-2980. For more bike safety information, please consult: https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/bicycle/ Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.