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Safe Kids Adams County giving out bike helmets to area children

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

There's a new effort to keep kids safe while riding their bikes.

Every pre-school and first grade student in Adams County will soon have their own bike helmet, for free.

Through the Kohl's Cares program, Safe Kids Adams County is giving out more than 1,900 helmets.

It goes along with lessons they've been learning about the right way to ride, looking both ways before crossing the street, and how a helmet could save their lives.

"When you put a helmet specifically fitted for every one of them, on a head of a child at this very young age, the likelihood of them continuing to get in the habit of wearing a helmet when their riding bikes, scooters and skateboards improves dramatically. So that's what we're doing. We're trying to protect these kids not just now as very young children, but throughout their lifetime," said Jan Hummel, Safe Kids Adams County Coordinator.

Kohl's Department Store donated more than $23,000 to Safe Kids Adams County which will also be used for new car seats and incentives for the round-up of old, unusable car seats.

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