It is not an exaggeration to say that a properly fitted helmet can be life-saving – but do you know if your child’s helmet is the right size? Watch this safety video to find out the simple bike helmet essentials that ensure safety is the top priority!
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Whether your child loves to head out on their bike, scooter, skates or skateboard, a properly fitting helmet is an essential element.
Your child might give out and think it ‘uncool’, but this is where the “safety first” mantra is non-negotiable. A proper helmet, that is also the right fit, is the single most effective way to reduce head injury in the event of a crash, collision or fall.
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Child Helmet Safety: Find the Right Fit
Just a few seconds before heading off on the bike can make a real difference when it comes to safety. We thought this short video from Safe Kids Worldwide was a good visual to show just how to run through the following bike helmet safety tips:
Start with the right size
It may seem like an obvious statement, but buy a helmet that fits your child. This isn’t the time to buy something they will grow into, or use a hand-me-down from an older sibling.
Put it on correctly
The helmet should sit level on the top of the head – if you look up with it on, you should be able to see the front of the helmet.
If it is the correct size, it will not move sideways, forward or backward when on. This is particularly important so that the head is protected as much as possible in the instance of a crash or collision.
Check the fit
As shown in the video, there are some quick and easy ways to ensure maximum safety:
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.
A helmet pushed up too high will not adequately protect the face or head in a fall.
Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
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.
Continuous Safety Checks
When your child is going out on their bike, scooter or skateboard, take a minute to make sure these safety steps are followed.
Inspect the helmet regularly for cracks or damage, and look after the helmet when not in use. Any helmet involved in a crash should be replaced.
Also, take time to reassess the size of your child’s helmet as he/she grows.
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Have your say! Have you checked your child’s helmet fits securely? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!