The weather is finally warming up, which means your kids will most likely be running outside to ride their bike, scooter, skates, or skateboard. Do your kids always wear their helmets when they participate in wheeled sports? For 40 percent of parents in the United States, the answer is no. Most parents’ reasoning for not making their children wear a helmet is they believe their child is experienced in riding or helmets are not necessary.
However, about 50 children are sent to the emergency room every hour for injuries from bikes, scooters, skates or skateboards. Of these injuries, 11 percent are serious head injuries like concussions, fractures or internal injuries.
To encourage your child to wear a helmet, let them pick out their own style. Instead of being forced to wear a helmet they don’t like or think is uncool, they’ll have one that expresses their personal style! Make sure it is properly fitted to ensure comfort and prevent injuries. Your children should also wear knee pad and elbow pads when practicing a new activity they are not familiar with.
Safe Kids Worldwide recently released a video with tips on how to ensure your child’s helmet fits properly. We’ve outline the three-point test below:
- Eyes: Make sure the helmet is no more than 2 fingers above the eyes. Your child should just be able to see the top of the helmet in their line of vision.
- Ears: The straps should form a “V” under the ears.
- Mouth: When your child opens their mouth, the straps on the helmet should be snug. If they’re not, pull the straps to tighten them.
Next time your child runs outside to ride their bike, skateboard, skates or scooter, make sure they grab their helmet on the way out!