Bicycle helmets protect against head trauma during tornadoes

Bicycle helmets protect against head trauma during tornadoes

PINE BELT (WDAM) - It is a no brainier when it comes to protecting yourself, including your head, when you are in the path of severe weather.

Experts advised getting into closets, basements or in bathrooms away from windows, but wearing a helmet is a new way to protect yourself from head injuries.
Moore's Bicycle Shop owner James Moore said during severe weather like tornadoes, he always likes to stay extra safe.
"My wife and I and our two dogs were huddled in hallways with our three dogs with a big mattress and our helmets on our heads," Moore said.

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said wearing a helmet is the best way to protect your head, especially since head injuries are the most common cause of tornado deaths.
Doctors also want to emphasize the importance of protecting young kids because they are more prone to brain injuries.

"You want to protect the children if at all possible, so bicycle helmets can be great if you have a motorcycle helmet, a four wheeler helmet, whatever you have," Merit Health Wesley doctor Daniel Crane said.

People in the Pine Belt did a pretty good job of protecting themselves but there is a proper technique to wearing a helmet according to bike shop employee Erica Tillman.

"You want about two fingers from eyebrow to helmet and about the same for the ear space," Tillman said.

However, besides wearing a helmet, the CDC wants to emphasize that finding shelter should be the first priority.
"So if you have a helmet too in addition that's great," Crane said. "Anything extra we can do to protect our heads that's wonderful, but we want to make sure you're being safe at first by getting into an interior room."