Helmets major key to ATV safety

There has been a sigificent rise in the use of all-terrain vehicles and four-wheelers for recreating purposes. Unfortunately, there has also been a rise in the number of injuries and fatalities on these vehicles.So what is the best way to avoid this type of accident? On KVNU’s For the People program Monday, trauma surgeon Dr. Allan Anderson said the most important thing you can do is make sure you wear a helmet.”The biggest risk of fatal injuries are from head injuries,” Dr. Anderson explained. “Obviously, wearing a helmet won’t prevent you from a chest injury or a pelvic injury or other serious injury from that perspective. “But the biggest risk to someone’s life is a head injury, overwhelmingly so, and those who wear helmets are much, much, much more likely to survive. There’s not a doubt about it.”Ferron Weisse of Safe Kids Bear River says, for kids, there is an excellent course on the State Parks website which links to the Bear River Health Department. He says it gives some excellent safety tips and tells the youngsters how to operate these bigger, stronger and faster machines.

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