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Moms’ Guide To Motorcycle Safety

If you are a mother of a teenager boy, I can understand your fears and worries for your son’s safety. We all know that it is normal for teenage boys wanting to grow to be like real men and not be restricted by age limit. Teenagers are known to secretly taking their cigarette puffs, drinking alcohol, learning and riding their friend’s motorcycle without their parents’ knowledge because they think it is one of the coolest thing to do. Learning to ride a motorcycle in itself is not that dangerous. It is dangerous when they are doing it without a license and without being equipped with motorcycle safety apparel.

Some mothers will come up with all kinds of stories to dampen their teenager’s interest in motorcycling. But those who know their teenager well, know that the more they try to dissuade their teenager from motorcycle, the more they will want to do it. Smart mothers will instead guide their teenager to motorcycle safety.

Boys will be boys, and most of them are attracted to motorcycles. Some will lose this interest as they grow older but some will continue to be interested in these 2-wheelers machines. When your teenager shows interest in motorcycles, they will want to learn everything they can about motorcycles and motorcycling. And this is the best time to introduce motorcycle safety guides to them. They will learn from an early age, and be aware of the risk of injury and death in motorcycling.

Concerned mothers can introduce motorcycle safety guides or explain to their teenagers about the importance of motorcycle riding equipment and that it is for their safety. One of the top most important motorcycle riding equipment is the motorcycle safety helmet. Researchers have found that compulsory helmet laws is the most effective way to reduce the numbers of death, and the permanent brain injuries that resulted from motorcycle crashes.

Zero fireworks-related injury this year (hopefully)

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Image credit: N and People’s Tonight Editorial Cartoon, Oct. 15, 2016 issue

Time and again, the government through the Department of Health (DOH) has been warning the public against indiscriminate lighting of fireworks and firecrackers (and indiscriminate firing of guns) when Christmas and Holiday season nears. This year, I’m looking forward to the news that firecrackers will be banned nationwide. This is a welcome news to every one who detests the bad effects of fireworks and firecrackers to health and the environment. As a former newspaper reporter, I was assigned to cover the DOH for several years and had witnessed the gruesome effects of firecracker and fireworks explosion to its victims – those who lighted the firecrackers and the unsuspecting bystanders.

The DOH is targeting a zero fireworks-related injury this year. It is also supportive of  the community fireworks display while encouraging everyone particularly parents to discouraged their children to use and light firecrackers and fireworks for their safety.