Did you buy that bike helmet for them to wear now? Let’s be honest, it’s easy as parents to buy many things for them to ‘grow in to’ but a kids bike helmet shouldn’t be one of them. It’s there to protect their heads NOW, not next year. Make sure it fits properly today.
Fitting Kids Bike Helmets
Thanks to TriBC, we recently came across this awesome poster/flyer/thing about fitting kids bike helmets. Remember back to when your first one was first born…. how you checked out the car seat before you even drove. If you were like us, James was sat in it in the hospital room and we made sure it fit snugly and all was well. Do you do the same thing with their current safety equipment? You should do. So let’s run down some key points…
Key Points to Using Kids Bike Helmets Safely
- Helmet low on the forehead;
- Buckles do up, but snugly;
- V-strap goes round the ears (not over!).
- When it’s done correctly the helmet should ‘become part of them’ not rock and roll with every move.
Replace a broken helmet. All helmets – biking, climbing, sports, etc. If it was hit hard enough to be broken it needs replacing (and you should refresh your first aid for concussion!).
Replace one they’ve grown out of. If it doesn’t fit comfortably, they won’t wear it. Get a new one.
Model safe behaviour with bike helmets. If they see you don’t wear one, they’ll assume bike helmets are ‘just for babies’ and as soon as they think they’re ‘Big Kids’ they’ll fight you every time. Save the fights and save your own head (I speak from experience here!).
Fitting Kids Bike Helmets Prevents Injuries
- More children age 5 to 14 go to hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with bicycles than with any other sport.
- A properly fitted kids bike helmet reduces the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent
- A properly fitted kids bike helmet reduces the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent
Remember the only way it can protect them is to make sure they wear it every time. They need to see you (and others) do that, they need to have a functional, comfortable helmet and it needs to ‘look good’ – whatever that means to your child! Here’s the (free) PDF download for you.
Any other hints or tips to share? Add them in the comment box below.