Helmets a highlight at Health & Safety Fair

By Sue Cody


Health Fair Fort Clatsop 1Blue, pink, silver and black helmets reflected sun on a table in front of Warrenton Police Chief Matt Workman, waiting for some little heads to collect protective gear for biking and skating. The multi-sport helmets were supplied by Safe Kids North Coast for the Health & Safety Fair at Fort Clatsop Sept. 25. It coincided with the Fort’s South Slough Scramble.


Children approached with caution, but soon learned Chief Workman had gentle hands as he found a helmet and checked it for a proper fit.


“It is important for kids to get a helmet that fits right,” Workman said. “So many kids have helmets that are in terrible condition or are hand-me downs from older brothers and sisters.”


Health Fair Fort Clatsop 3Workman said the lighter, touring helmets lose their integrity after one impact and need to be replaced. The multi-sport helmets are designed for multiple impacts and are good for scooters, roller-blading, biking and hover-boarding.


On a personal note, Workman said he has seen the effects of someone not wearing a helmet while skateboarding. A young man was doing tricks on his skateboard and fell, hitting his head, resulting in a traumatic brain injury.


“It is amazing that this plastic and Styrofoam can make the difference between getting injured and not,” Workman said. He reminds kids and parents that wearing a helmet while using a wheeled device is required for anyone under the age of 16.


Free helmets are available at the Warrenton Police Department and Lewis and Clark Fire Department. The person needing the helmet must be present for a fitting.


The Way to Wellville and its sponsor Columbia Pacific CCO supports access to safety measures and healthy activities.


Health Fair Fort Clatsop 4Other organizations represented at the Health and Wellness Fair were Providence Seaside Hospital, Lewis and Clark Fire Department, Save More Drive Less, Medix Ambulance Service, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Safe Kids North Coast and Sunset Empire Park and Recreation Department.