Helmet Safety Tips

Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents happen. Every year, about 176,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike accident injuries. That’s why it’s so important for our kids to wear your bike helmet. Wearing one doesn’t mean kids can be reckless, but a helmet will provide some protection for our kids in case they fall down. Helmets should be worn EVERY TIME they ride a bike, scooter, skates, skateboard, skiing, or any activity where they are on wheels! It is very important to purchase a helmet that fits properly and also that your child’s helmet is worn correctly. Make sure your child will take care of their bike helmet. If the helmet is damaged, it won’t protect your child as well when they really need it. If your child does fall down and puts their helmet to the test, be sure to get a new one. They don’t work as well after a major crash. Here are some hints to make sure your child has the right helmet.

Five-Step Helmet Fit Test

1. With one hand, gently lift the front of the helmet up and back. If helmet moves back to uncover the forehead: Tighten front strap to junction. Also adjust padding thickness and/or position, especially in back. Make sure chin strap is snug. If this doesn’t work, the helmet may be too big.
2. With one hand, gently lift the back of the helmet up and forward. If helmet moves forward to cover the eyes: Tighten back strap. Make sure chin strap is snug. Also, adjust padding thickness and/or position, especially in front.
3. Put a hand on each side of the helmet and rock from side to side. Shake your head “no” as hard as possible. If helmet slips from side to side: Check padding on sides and make sure straps are evenly adjusted.
4. Open your mouth (lower jaw) as wide as possible, without moving your head. The top of your helmet should pull down. If helmet does not pull down when opening your mouth: Tighten chin strap. Make sure the front and back strap junction is under each ear.
5. Check to see if the front edge of helmet covers your forehead. The front edge of the helmet should not be more than 1 to 2 finger-widths from your eyebrow.
If helmet does not cover the forehead: Position helmet no more than 1 to 2 finger-widths above eyebrows. Tighten any loose straps. Make adjustments so the helmet stays over the forehead.