Delaware County Sheriff Offers Summer Safety Tips
Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond has issued a press release to remind citizens to be cautious and to stay safe this summer. here are some of his tips for bike riders:
"Summer is finally upon us and oh what a relief it is. After spending months inside due to the COVID pandemic, we’re all looking forward to getting outside, being active and shedding some of that COVID weight. Those things considered, we’ve put together some safety tips from The National Safety Council (NSC) to assist in keeping you and your family safe while you’re out and about enjoying the beautiful weather.
Bike Safety Tips from the National Safety Council
1. Check Your Equipment-Always inspect your bike prior to riding.
· The seat should be adjusted to the proper height and locked in place
· Make certain all parts are secure and working properly
· Check that the tires are inflated properly
· Make sure the bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals and spokes
· A horn or bell, a rear-view mirror and a bright headlight also are recommended
2. Plan to Be Seen-Make certain drivers can see you.
· Wear neon, fluorescent or other bright clothing
· Whenever possible, ride during the day
· If you must ride at night, wear reflective clothing and use flashing lights
3. Wear a Helmet-Helmets appropriate for bicycling should be worn by everyone – adults and children. Follow these guidelines to properly fit the helmet:
· Adjust sizing pads or fit ring until the helmet is snug
· Position the helmet level on your head, covering the forehead and not tipped backward or forward; this will be about one to two finger widths above the eyebrow
· Adjust the side straps so they form a “V” shape under and slightly in front of your ears
· Center the buckle on the chin strap under your chin. Buckle and tighten the chin strap until it is snug; no more than one to two fingers should be able to fit between the chin and strap
· When fitted, the helmet should not rock more than 1” side to side or front to back on your head
4. Follow These Rules of the Road-
· Get acquainted with traffic laws; bicyclists must follow the same rules as motorists
· Ride single-file in the direction of traffic
· Remain alert, keep your head up and look around; watch for opening car doors and other hazards
· Use hand signals when turning and use extra care at intersections
· Never hitch onto cars
· Before entering traffic, stop and look left, right, left again and over your shoulder
For more safety tips, including water safety and pedestrian safety CLICK HERE.