Safe Routes to School Palo Alto

 

Helmets

Bike riding, scooters, roller blading and skate boarding are all fun activities that lead to better health, skills, and independence.  That’s why it’s so important to teach your children safety skills as they enjoy these activities.

 

Learning to ride safely and avoid crashing is the most important thing you can do. As insurance against the unforeseen, though, helmets can be very effective. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%, and a properly-worn bike helmet can reduce the chance of brain injury by 88%.

 

Make sure that your children not only have a helmet but also that it fits and they use it properly every time they ride. California state law requires that a properly fitted and fastened helmet be worn by those under the age of 18 who are using a bike, scooter, skates or skateboard.

Proper Helmet Fit

The goal is: "Snug, Level, and Low".

 

The above pictures show a helmet positioned well vs. too far forward.

The above pictures show a helmet positioned well vs. too far back.

 

The helmet should be comfortably touching the head all the way around, level and tight enough to resist even violent shakes or hard blows and stay in place. It should be as low on the head as possible to maximize side coverage, and held level on the head with the strap comfortably snug.

 

A helmet should be replaced if it has been in a crash, if the foam is cracked, if the shiny outside layer is cracked or peeling, or if it doesn't fit anymore.

 

Here are some visual guides to help fit a helmet properly:

Getting a helmet adjusted properly and keeping it that way is important. There are links below to detailed instructions on the adjustment procedures.