Mother Nature is playing tricks with us this year by prolonging winter but, believe it or not, spring and summer are just around the corner! So it won’t be long before our kids are begging us to pump up the bike tires and search for their rollerblades, skateboards and scooters. Now it’s my turn to remind you to check the fit of their safety helmets as well and enforce the simple rule: NO helmet = NO bikes, tricycles, rollerblades, skateboards or scooters! In other words, NO helmet means NO riding toys! Why is it so important to play it safe? Ninety-one percent of bicyclists killed in 2009 reportedly were not wearing helmets. Furthermore helmet use has been estimated to reduce head injury risk by 85 percent. (Source: http://www.helmets.org/stats.htm) How do you determine if your child’s or your own safety helmet fits properly? Guidelines for a proper fit:
- To protect the forehead, the helmet must sit squarely on the head with the front of the helmet set low, about 1 to 2 finger widths above the eyebrow.
- Don’t tip the helmet back because it may fall off during a collision and leave the forehead unprotected.
- Buckle the chinstrap securely at the throat and pull on the strap until it is snug against the throat; there should be no slack when the chinstrap is fastened.
- A loose helmet does not provide proper protection. The helmet fits right when there is uniform pressure around the head from the padding and the skin on the forehead moves when the helmet is tilted.
- The front and rear straps should form a "Y" just below and ahead of the ears.
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