Since March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, we want to address the importance of “using your mind to protect your body.” There are many ways you can prevent yourself and others from getting a traumatic brain injury (TBI). One way is to always wear your helmet! Whether you’re riding a bike, rollerskating, skateboarding, etc. wear it because it could save your life! Some of you may not know how to be properly fitted for a helmet or how to properly wear one, so we have included some safety tips on how to know if your helmet is safe for you!
Helmet Safety Tips
- Helmets should meet or exceed current safety standards developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. You can check inside of the helmet for the CPSC label.
- Wear the helmet flat on the head, not tilted back at an angle.
- Make sure the helmet fits snugly and does not obstruct the field of vision.
- Make sure the chin strap fits securely and that the buckle stays fastened.
- If the straps aren’t buckled, the helmet will most likely fall off if you start to fall off the bike. Then you won’t have anything protecting your head.
- Do the “Eyes, Ears, and Mouth check:
- Eyes Check: Position the helmet on the child’s head. When looking up they should see the bottom rim of the helmet.
- Ears Check: Make sure the straps of the helmet for form a “V” under the ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
- Mouth Check: When the child opens their mouth as wide as they can, the helmet should hug their head. If not, tighten the straps!
- The bottom rim of the helmet should be two fingers above the eyebrows.
- Make sure the helmet is fit for the size of the person wearing it. Helmets too big or too small won’t properly protect you.
- If you are uncertain whether a helmet is still usable, especially after a crash, throw it away and buy a new one.