Bike Safety–Wear Your Helmets

Bicycle helmets are a must—for children and parents. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children need to wear helmets on every bike ride, long or short, and it’s important for parents to model the habit.

The Academy offers these other safety tips:

•When buying a helmet, look for a label or sticker that says the helmet meets the CPSC safety standard.

•A helmet should be worn so that it is level on the head and covers the forehead, not tipped forward or backwards. The strap should be securely fastened with about two fingers able to fit between chin and strap.

•The helmet should be snug on the head, but not overly tight. Skin should move with the helmet when moved side to side. If needed, the helmet’s sizing pads can help improve the fit.