We live in a great area where there are so many fun things to do, year-round. But before heading out, think safety. Helmets save lives and prevent brain injuries and aren't just for bikes, motorcycles or ATVs. Everyone should always wear a helmet for any activity when there is the possibility of falls, hits, or collisions. Riding scooters, horses, or snow mobiles; playing many school or recreational sports, even skiing, snowboarding and sledding are safer when wearing a helmet.
Helmet Safety Tips
- Wear the appropriate helmet for the activity
- Wear a helmet that is the right size and fits properly. To make sure a bike helmet fits properly, follow these steps:
- Place a snug-fitting helmet on your head so the front is level with your eyebrows.
- Adjust the helmet straps so the helmet cannot move from side to side or back and forth.
- Make sure there is a one-finger width between your chin and chinstrap.
- Use a helmet in good condition. Check for cracks, missing parts and make sure it is not expired.
- Check with the manufacturer before adding decorations or stickers to helmets as they might affect the helmet's safety.
- Many sports helmets need to be inspected and reconditioned from time to time to make sure they are still safe to use. Ask your school is they follow this guideline, or click here to find a location that does certified reconditioning.
- If a helmet has been in a crash, buy a new one. Multi-sport helmets are designed to take multiple minor hits, but do not use one after a major crash or hit.
- Using alcohol and drugs increases the risk of injuries.
- For facts and safety tips about different kinds of sports helmets, go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Helmet laws vary from state to state, with most having laws requiring helmets when riding motorcycles and motorized scooters, but not for other activities. Regardless of what the law requires, wearing an appropriate, properly fitted helmet should be a priority anytime you engage in an activity that poses a risk for falls. While nothing is concussion proof, many head injuries are preventable with the right helmet.>
Primary Children’s want your kids to experience all the fun and health benefits that an active life can bring – in a safe way. For more information about helmet safety and other Hold On To Dear Life topics, go to primarychildrens.org/safety.