Fitting Bike Helmets
The helmet should fit low, snug, and level on the head. Many helmets come with pads to help with fitting the helmet to your child's head.
The front of the helmet should fit just above the eyebrows. The "Y" portion of the straps should meet just below the child's ear and the strap should be snug, but not tight. The picture above shows how the helmet should look if it fits correctly.
Twist the helmet side to side slightly. If you see the child's forehead skin move slightly, it's a good fit. If not, adjust the pads or find a helmet in a smaller size.
The picture above shows a helmet that doesn't fit correctly. This helmet won't protect the rider's forehead in a crash and the straps are too loose.
Helmet Safety Tips
- use helmets when bicycling, rollerskating, or scootering
- remove the helmet when done with the above activities: children have died from strangulation when their helmets have gotten caught on playground equipment and tree branches