In the United States, about 500,000 bicyclists end up in the emergency room every year. This is why it is so important to wear a helmet when biking, especially for children. Helmets help to protect your head in the case of a crash. Wearing a helmet can produce your risk of a head injury up to 85%.
When buying a helmet, it’s important to have one that fits correctly and meets the current safety standards. Helmets should have a Consumer Product Safety Committee sticker on the inside. This sticker means that the helmet is high quality and will provide the protection you need. If your helmet was made before 1999, it may not meet these safety standards.
Your helmet should also fit right in order for it to do its job correctly. Helmet sizes can vary, so it’s important to make sure the user of the helmet feels good about the fit. The chin strap should be close-fitting, but still comfortable. The helmet should be level on the head and should not block the view of the person wearing it. The straps for the buckle should sit right around the ear. By making sure the helmet fits properly, you can decrease your chance of a head injury in the event of a bicycle crash.
Helmets should be cleaned regularly but should not be soaked in water. Wiping the helmet down with warm water and a mild detergent is a great way to keep your helmet clean. The helmet should also be stored in a room with a moderate temperature and in a space that doesn’t receive direct sunlight.
It is important to replace a bike helmet after it has been involved in a serious crash or if it is damaged. Although you may not be able to see it, the foam or plastic may have cracks in it. Once the foam is in an accident, it is crushed the ability the helmet has to protect the users head decreases.