BICYCLE HELMET SAFETY
Fitting A Bike Helmet
Put the helmet on your head so it sits evenly between
the ears and rests low on your forehead - it should only
be about 1-2 finger widths above your eyebrow.
Put foam pads inside the helmet so it feels
comfortable but really snug. Usually, the helmet
includes more than one size of foam pads that can be
velcroed inside the helmet for a better fit.
Tighten the chin strap as snugly as possible. Adjust
the junction of front and back straps just under the
ears and secure back strap without putting pressure on
the front strap.
A Good Helmet Fit is
important as wearing one....but it takes time. Allow as
much as a half hour to get a proper helmet fit. If
fitting your child, don't try to rush it as they are
trying to go outside to ride. Do it while they're
relaxed and you have plenty of time. Then secure the
adjustments so the helmet is ready for the next ride.
FIVE - STEP HELMET
|With one hand, gently lift the front
of the helmet up and back
moves back to uncover the forehead.
|Tighten front strap to junction.
Also, adjust padding thickness and/or position,
especially in back. Make sure chin strap is snug. If
this doesn't work, the helmet may be to big.
|With one hand, gently lift the back
of the helmet up and forward.
moves forward to cover the eyes.
|Tighten back strap. Make sure chin
strap is snug. Also, adjust padding thickness and/or
position, especially in front.
|Put a hand on each side o the helmet
and rock from side to side. Shake your head "no" as
hard as possible.
slips from side to side.
|Check padding on sides and make sure
straps are evenly adjusted.
|Open your mouth (lower jaw) as wide
as possible, without moving your head. The top of
your helmet should pull down.
does not pull down when opening your mouth.
|Tighten chin strap. Make sure the
front and back strap junction is under each ear.
|Check to see if the front edge of
helmet covers your forehead. The front edge of the
helmet should not be more than 1 to 2 finger-widths
from your eyebrows.
does not cover the forehead.
|Position helmet no more than 1 to 2
finger-widths above eyebrows. Tighten any loose
straps. Make adjustments so the helmet stays over
Have someone else test your helmet it by doing the
5-Step Test outlined
above. Hold your head still during the test. Your helmet
should pass each of the 5 steps.
Buying A Bike Helmet
1. Buy a
helmet that has been tested and meets the uniform
safety standard issued by the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC), or one or more of the
voluntary bicycle helmet standards like ASTM, Snell,
or ANSI. You can tell this by looking for a label or
sticker that says the helmet meets the standard.
2. Select a
brand and size that fits well prior to any
adjustments. Adjustable sizing pads are often
included to help ensure a better fit. Buy one that's
comfortable and attractive. You'll be more likely to
3. Buy a
helmet that fits your child now, not a helmet to
any helmet that has been involved in a crash!
A bicycle helmet reduces the risk
of serious head and brain injury by 85-88%. But it's
not enough to simply buy and wear one -
you need to make sure it fits