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Beginning January 3rd, 2022, Margate Fire Inspectors will be conducting Fire Inspections and utilizing an electronic format for documentation and online payment. For additional information CLICK HERE

Share The Road:

Did you know that May is Bicycle Safety Month? With an abundance of locations throughout our area to enjoy a bike ride, it is important to understand the rules to safely operate your bicycle. 

According to the National Safety Council, the number of preventable deaths from bicycle transportation incidents increased 16% in 2020 and has increased 44% in the last 10 years, from 873 in 2011 to 1,260 in 2020. The peak for most bicycle-related injuries occurs during the months of May to October. 

Here are some basic bicycle safety tips provided by the National Safety Council to help keep you safe:

Always inspect your bike prior to riding.Bike Rider

  • The seat should be adjusted to the proper height and locked in place
  • Make certain all parts are secure and working properly
  • Check that the tires are inflated properly
  • Make sure the bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals, and spokes
  • A horn or bell, a rear-view mirror, and a bright headlight also are recommended

Make certain drivers can see you.

  • Wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright clothing
  • Whenever possible, ride during the day
  • If you must ride at night, wear reflective clothing and use flashing lights

Helmets appropriate for bicycling should be worn by everyone – adults and children – on every bike ride regardless of the length of the ride. Make certain the helmet is certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Follow these guidelines from NHTSA to properly fit the helmet:

  • Adjust sizing pads or fit ring until the helmet is snug
  • Position the helmet level on your head, covering the forehead and not tipped backward or forward; this will be about one to two finger-widths above the eyebrow
  • Adjust the side straps so they form a “V” shape under and slightly in front of your ears
  • Center the buckle on the chin strap under your chin
  • Buckle and tighten the chin strap until it is snug; no more than one to two fingers should be able to fit between the chin and strap
  • When fitted, the helmet should not rock more than 1-inch side to side or front to back on your head
  • Watch Fitting a Bicycle Helmet

 

Stay safe by following these rules:

  • Get acquainted with traffic laws; bicyclists must follow the same rules as motorists
  • Ride single-file in the direction of traffic
  • Remain alert, keep your head up and look around; watch for opening car doors and other hazards
  • Use hand signals when turning and use extra care at intersections
  • Never hitch onto cars
  • Before entering traffic, stop and look left, right, left again, and over your shoulder

 

Bike riding resources:

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Margate Fire Department is dedicate to providing emergency healthcare services, fire protection and inspection services to the residents and visitors to the city of Margate. Along with these services we provide public education and prevention practices, disaster preparedness and recovery assistance that solidify our high level of public safety.

Margate Fire Department holds an ISO Class 1 rating for fire protection from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The ratings calculate how efficient and effective they are at mitigating hazards in the community they serve.

An ISO Class 1 rating is achieved by less than 1% of all fire departments nationwide.