April 24, 2012
A Birmingham man is spreading the word that a bicycle helmet will not only keep you safe from danger while riding, but it also might be the key to surviving extreme weather, including tornadoes.
According to CBS 42 News, the man had partnered with the Birmingham Barons to hand out 125 free helmets and educate the public on how they can save your life during a storm. He knows about the dangerous nature of storms firsthand, as he was paralyzed from the waist down after an April 8, 1998, storm tore through his house and killed his son. He says that had his son been wearing a helmet, he may not have suffered the traumatic head injuries caused by the storm, and that he may still be alive today.
Recent research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham backs up the man’s claims, stating that wearing a helmet during a storm significantly reduces the chances of suffering head or neck injuries, which are the most dangerous that can be inflicted by a storm.
Estimates show that half of the fatalities from the April 27, 2011, storm that tore through Jefferson County were the result of head and neck injuries.