Well On Their Way

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It's hard to believe it's the final week of the "Well On Their Way" campaign and, last but not least, we are featuring my company, Tail Wags Helmet Covers. Almost 5 years ago, I started making adorable helmet covers as a way to encourage more people to actually wear their safety helmets. Several years ago, my ski helmet saved my life so now my goal is to help reduce the number of preventable head injuries!

Making Safety Fun

Did you know a child’s skull is only one centimeter thick? This means it is critically important to protect your children from head injuries as seemingly minor incidents can cause permanent brain damage. Kids will recover from scrapes, bruises and even broken bones but head injuries can leave your child with life long medical issues. Healthy and happy children are active all year round but what can a parent do to provide them with the best possible protection? Safe Kids Canada wants parents to know that wearing a helmet is the most important line of defense against head injuries. According to the Think First Foundation of Canada, helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by 88 per cent when they are worn properly. I learned first hand why safety helmets are critical. While skiing, I turned to answer a call from my son and promptly crashed full speed into a tree. When I regained consciousness, I found I was luckily uninjured but my helmet was shattered. The ski patrol told me that, without it, I probably wouldn’t have survived the accident. Since then, I have been on a mission to try and reduce the number of preventable head injuries. Accidents may occur whenever people are biking, skating, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or riding horses so it’s paramount to ensure you and your children are wearing the proper equipment. One of the best ways to get kids to wear their helmets is for children to see their parents and caregivers wearing them. Role modeling the behaviour is critical! It’s also important that your child’s safety helmet fits properly because a helmet that is too loose, too tight or isn’t done up properly is not going to provide the optimum protection. Making sure your child continues to wear their helmet while engaged in their sport is often difficult.  Kids often don’t like wearing a helmet because they are not perceived as “cool”. This is where Tail Wags Helmet Covers can help! Tail Wags has over 40 different designs that transform a helmet into something fun to wear. For example, how many little girls dream of becoming a Fairy Princess one day? Boys love the Menacing Monster because it’s gross, green and slimy. Older kids describe their favourite designs as sick – apparently a huge compliment! But the biggest endorsement I have received is from parents who say they are delighted with their Tail Wags helmet covers because their kids finally WANT to wear their safety helmets. In fact, parents have told me time and again that their kids are now wearing their helmets (with their favourite Tail Wags design) to bed, in the car and around the house because it’s become one of their beloved dress-up items. Every time I receive a customer testimonial, it confirms that Tail Wags Helmet Covers are doing their job and successfully helping to reduce the number of preventable head injuries! For a chance to win the Well on Their Way Grand Prize valued over $1,000.00, ENTER NOW at SavvyMom.

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  • Dear Kimberly,
    I’m desperately trying to get the message out about helmet safety! I still have parents challenging me re: why kids on tricycles need to wear a helmet … I remind them what happens when you drop a ripe melon on the ground from 2 feet up. That seems to shake them up a bit. My other pet peeve is kids on toboggans without helmets … there are more head injuries tobogganing than there is skiing and snowboarding (shocking isn’t it)! Thank you so much for visiting my blog site and posting your comment.
    Best regards,

    Karyn Climans on
  • Oh I am so in love with these covers!! What a fantastic idea!! I will definitely keep you in mind when my little Chunky starts riding his bike for the first time.
    I work in a Children’s ER and too often do we see severe injuries that have resulted in not wearing helmets. One child was hit by a vehicle and had sustained severe trauma to her head. She was still alert and her mom had asked her why she didn’t have her helmet on. She said “It makes my head look ugly” I’ll never forget that…especially when the Mom practicially tried to jump the stretcher to smack her silly ;)

    Kimberly on
  • I skied full speed in to a tree. My son was calling me and I turned around without slowing down … not the brightest thing to do! The ski patrol who witnessed the accident said I wouldn’t have survived without my helmet. Thanks for visiting my blog site and commenting!

    Karyn Climans on
  • I love the idea of making it fun. We always put our girls in helmets, but some can be uncomfortable. These look really comfy! What a great way to promote fun and safety.
    This is definitely how you spread the word! :-) Great job. And how crazy was your ski accident??? Wow! You are a living example of how it saves lives.

    Angelia Sims Hardy on

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