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Skiing and Snowboarding Helmets to be Required for Kids

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The California Senate recently passed SB 880, a bill requiring kids under 18 to wear helmets when skiing and snowboarding on California's snowy slopes. The bill, sponsored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), passed 22-11 and is headed to Governor Schwarzenegger, who has until September 30 to sign or veto the measure.

"California's ski slopes are perhaps the last area of recreation where we do not have basic safety standards in place for children," said Yee. "Despite repeated warnings from public health experts, professional athletes, and ski resorts, each winter brings news of hundreds of unnecessary tragedies for the failure to wear a helmet. With this legislative package, we can significantly reduce instances of traumatic brain injury or death for such a vulnerable population."

For more tips on staying safe on the slopes, check out these Skier Safety Tips from Mike Doyle, the About.com guide to skiing.

Source: California Chronicle.

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