Dr. Morgan’s simple rule is ‘No helmet, no wheels.’ Wearing a helmet is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle accidents. In fact, helmets reduce the occurrence of head injuries by 88%!
Find the Right Helmet Fit.
- Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding, skating, or scooting. Let your child pick out their own helmet when it’s time to buy a new one. They’re more likely to enjoy wearing it.
- Make sure the helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled but not too tightly. A good way to test this is have your child shake their head yes and then no. The helmet should move with your child’s head stay put. For the chin strap, you should be able to fit no more than a finger between the strap and the child’s chin. We recommend kids take the Safe Kids Helmet Fit Test.
- Eyes check: Position the helmet on our head. Look up and you should see the bottom im 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 sport activities
- A properly-fitted bike helmet is just as effective when riding a scooter, roller skatin or in-line skating.
- When skateboarding and long boarding, make sure your child wears a skateboarding helmet.