Summer Safety Week: Helmet and Sports Safety Tips from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, New Jersey’s County and Municipal Offices of Consumer Affairs

“This basic advice is an important part of our reminder to make this summer safe and fun in New Jersey,” Division of Consumer Affairs Acting Director Steve Lee said. “Whatever your favored summer sport – bike riding or skating, team sports or motorcycling – wear a helmet to protect against the risk of serious brain injury and death.”

According to the CPSC’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), there were approximately 556,660 bicycle and bicycle accessory-related injuries; 466,492 football-related injuries; 265,471 baseball and softball-related injuries;.114,120 skateboard-related injuries; 92,781 injuries related to lacrosse, rugby and other ball games; 90,434 injuries related to skating and in-line skating, and 64,733 hockey-related injuries. Many injuries associated with these sports can be prevented by properly wearing the right kind of helmet.

Safe Kids Worldwide estimates that every $12 spent on a bicycle helmet for a child ages 3 to 14 generates $580 in cost-saving benefits to society; and every dollar spent on a bicycle helmet saves approximately $30 in indirect medical and other costs.

Helmet Safety Tips and Information:

New Jersey’s CALA offices work with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs to enforce New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, and related statutes and regulations, in each county that includes a CALA office. Consumers can file complaints by contacting their local CALA office or the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of marketplace abuse, can file a complaint with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.


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