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:
- 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.
- Bike helmets should fit properly. You should be able to place one or two fingers between the eyebrows and helmet.
- Helmet straps should make a “V” under the child’s ears when buckled. Straps should be snug, but still comfortable.
- If you are unsure about the helmet’s fit, the staff at a bicycle shop will be glad to help.
- 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.
- Attach reflective stickers to your child’s helmet so drivers can see him or her more easily.
- 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!