Since experts say that seventy five percent of bike accidents lead to head injuries, a helmet is a necessity for your child when they are riding. Some state laws require children to wear bike helmets, but not all of them do yet. A good quality, proper fitting helmet can help to protect their heads and keep them safe and injury free in case of a fall or other accident.
Another advantage to a child wearing a bike helmet is that these safety devices are available in a variety of bright colors. A bright colored helmet can help to make your child more visible to drivers, especially if they ride on the street.
But, a helmet can’t do its job and protect your son or daughter if it doesn’t fit him or her correctly. Is your child’s helmet the right size? Or, if you need to purchase a helmet for your child, do you know how to fit it properly?
First of all, be sure that you take your child with you when you choose a helmet for him or her. Don’t try to guess what size they wear. You’ll need to try several on them to make sure you find a proper fit. Although it would be less expensive to buy your child a helmet that’s a size bigger so they could wear it longer, the helmet would not protect them properly.
Remember that the safest bike helmet is one that has been approved for use by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This means that the helmet was tested by the CPSC and that it meets its rigorous standards. When you’re shopping for this type of protection for your child, make sure that the helmets you consider have a “CPSC” sticker on them.
Not only will you need to look for a CPSC approved helmet, but look for a helmet that is lightweight and comfortable. After you have made a few selections, have your child try them on their head. Have your son or daughter remove their eyeglasses, long earrings, and hats first, if applicable.
Then, check to make sure that the helmet is snug, but that it is not too tight. It should sit level and cover your child’s forehead at the same time. And, the side straps should cover the ears. Have your child secure the straps underneath their chin. The straps should be fairly easy to join together. Yet, they shouldn’t be too tight or too loose.
They should feel snug underneath their chin. For added safety, make sure that the chinstrap has a fastener that will secure the straps together. This will help to keep the helmet on your child’s head in case they fall or have another type of bike accident.
With the chinstraps fastened, you shouldn’t be able to lift the bike helmet up off your son or daughter’s head.
Next, have your child shake his or her head around to make sure the helmet stays in place.
Finally, a bike helmet might pass through all of these requirements, yet it might not feel comfortable to your child. To remedy this situation, helmets are usually adjustable on the inside.
Have your son or daughter remove the helmet and check the inside for pads or a ring that can be removed or otherwise adjusted. An adjustable helmet will have pads that can be removed to make the inside of the helmet roomier.Have your son