The 411 on biking and helmets
Why wear a helmet?
It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent.
How should a helmet fit?
Use the Eyes, Ears and Mouth Test
- EYES CHECK: Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
- EARS CHECK: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
- MOUTH CHECK: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.
Use Appropriate Helmets for Different Activities
- Children should always wear a helmet for all wheeled sports activities.
- A properly fitted bike helmet is just as effective when riding a scooter, roller skating or in-line skating.
- When skateboarding and long boarding, make sure your child wears a skateboarding helmet.