East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging parents to play it safe when it comes to buying shiny new bikes for children this Christmas and not to forget to get the right safety-conscious stocking fillers to match.
The service is issuing the advice in a bid to cut down on the number of injuries through children not wearing the right safety equipment on two wheels.
A spokesperson said, “Taking to two wheels for the first time, with or without stabilisers, is great fun for your young ones and will keep them fit and healthy.
“But it won’t be long before they want to push the boundaries cycling further and faster. That’s why you need to get them thinking about safety from the word go.
“Make sure that there’s money left in the Christmas budget for a cycle helmet. It’s worth taking the advice of a reputable cycle shop to make sure that it fits and is well adjusted. Parents should set a good example and wear a helmet too.
“If your children are skilled and confident enough to ride on the road with or without you, make sure that they have high visibility clothing – fluorescent for daytime and reflective after dark – and lights fitted to their bike.
Further information about cycling and cycle safety is available from www.sustrans.org.uk/change-your-travel/children-and-families/ cycling-kids/cycling-safety- children