Helmets: Head First Safety!
Bikes, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades. Kids love to be on the go! Be sure you keep them healthy while having fun with these notes on helmet safety.
- Understand head injuries and what can happen. Even if children are too young to ride a bike alone, and are just a passenger, they should still wear a helmet every time
- Teach your young children about the rules of the road: where and when it is safe to ride, making eye contact with drivers before crossing the street, respecting traffic signals, and to wear reflective or light-colored clothing.
- Make it clear to your kids that bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. only move with helmets on. The moment they take off the helmet, it means they cannot ride anymore.
- Even if your kids will not be going far or will not be out for long, they should still wear helmets.
- Wear your own helmet and set a good example!
The Right Helmet
- Older kids are less likely to wear helmets than younger kids, thinking they will look uncool. Have your child's respected older sibling or friend help him/her shop for a proper bike helmet.
- Do not resell, donate or buy used or damaged bike helmets - if they were used previously, they may not be in good condition to be safe.
- A helmet should fit well and protect the forehead. Do not use other types of helmets, like football helmets.
For More Information
- The Children's National Health System's safety website SafeKids.org offers age-appropriate tips for every hazard, including how-to's for choosing bike helmets in English and Spanish. [go now]
- The Nemours Foundation's website KidsHealth.org has articles and quizzes in English and Spanish just for kids about helmets and bike safety. [go now]
- HealthyChildren.org, Bicycle Safety: Myths and Facts
- HealthyChildren.org, Walking and Biking to School
- HealthyChildren.org, Baby on Board: Keeping Safe on a Bike