A bike helmet can cut your child’s risk of a head injury by as much as 85%! Here are a few noggin’ tips on how to keep kids safe during your wetter spring season rides, long summer adventures or snow rip sessions.
- Kids’ heads are constantly growing, which means you need to check your child’s helmet at least once every season to make sure it fits properly, adjusting if necessary.
- A helmet should sit level on your child’s head with the chin strap snug enough that you can only fit one finger between it and your child’s chin.
- Make sure the helmet doesn’t move around when your child shakes his/her head.
- If it has any dents in it, toss it out. Even the smallest defect can affect the overall safety and performance of the helmet.
- Buy a helmet that’s certified. Look for a CSA (Canadian), CPSC, Snell, ASTM (American) or CEN (European) symbol.
- Don’t let your kids wear anything, such as a ball cap, underneath their helmets.
Be safe and happy riding!