March 9, 2021

Children’s bike helmet safety facts: 7 quick tips


Wearing a helmet is the best way to avoid head injuries in bike falls. Use these bike helmet safety facts to help ensure your child uses a helmet properly.

Falls from a bike will occasionally happen. Cuts and scrapes will heal, but head injuries can be life-altering. Following safety recommendations for riding bicycles is essential for helping keep children injury-free. The best place to start is with a bicycle helmet.

There’s more for parents to know about bike helmets, beyond making sure children wear them. Here’s what to keep in mind when buying and using bike helmets:

  1. Bike helmets have safety standards. A helmet should have a sticker that says it meets the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If the helmet does not have this sticker, do not use it.
  2. Bike helmets should fit properly. You should be able to place one or two fingers between the eyebrows and helmet.
  3. Helmet straps should make a “V” under the child’s ears when buckled. Straps should be snug, but still comfortable.
  4. If you are unsure about the helmet’s fit, the staff at a bicycle shop will be glad to help.
  5. It’s important to take proper care of your helmet. Damage can affect its ability to protect the head. If a helmet has been in a crash, replace it.
  6. Attach reflective stickers to your child’s helmet so drivers can see him or her more easily.
  7. And the most important safety tip: Children (and adults) should wear a bike helmet every time they ride. No exceptions! Even a short ride requires a helmet.

Have fun pedaling!

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The Injury Prevention Program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt strives to reduce unintentional injuries among children and promote safe behaviors in the community.

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