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UAB experts recommend helmets during severe weather

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Injury scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say a helmet could save your life during a severe weather event. A commentary published by the UAB Injury Control Research Center suggests helmets may prevent injury or death and should be an essential addition to an individual's tornado safety preparations.

Any helmet that is intended to protect the head from high-velocity impacts can be worn; such as a motorcycle helmet, football helmet, baseball helmet, bicycle helmet, skateboard helmet, or even a construction hardhat. It's recommended that the helmet is easily stored and readily accessible in the home, workplace or vehicle in case of the threat of tornadic activity.

UAB's researchers say Alabama is the nationwide leader in tornado-related deaths with 412 fatalities since 1980. The medical examiner's office in Jefferson County says 11 of the 21 fatalities in the wake of April 27, 2011 were from head or neck injuries.

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