Wearing a helmet is the best way to avoid head injuries in bike falls. Help keep your child safe with these bike helmet safety pointers.
There’s nothing like riding your bike in summer. Unfortunately, bicycle-related deaths peak in the warmer months, starting in May, and they remain high through October. It’s important to familiarize yourself with bicycle safety before you take your bike out for a ride. So before you hit the road, take some time to learn the latest bicycle safety tips and familiarize yourself with the right gear.
Here’s what to keep in mind:
- 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!
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.