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Skiers urged to use heads.

LESS than half of all British skiers wear ski helmets, despite a greatly heightened awareness of the risk of head injury in recent years.

The statistics from ski equipment hirer Ski Republic and the Ski Club of Great Britain, come as many of Europe's ski resorts are experiencing the first snows of winter.

"Around 44 per cent of skiers and boarders wear helmets," says Betony Garner, a spokesperson for the Ski Club of Great Britain.

"Yet even this very low percentage shows a considerable increase over the last five years. We urge people to take the risks very seriously and advise that all children under 13 wear ski helmets and adults do so at their own discretion."

Mark Warnes, of Ski Republic, said "We give all of our customers free ski helmet rental, yet time after time the offer is declined or the customer puts the helmet on one side.''
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 6, 2010
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