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Helmet Safety

Wearing the Right Helmets the Right Way

Most serious head injuries to kids can be prevented if they wear a helmet, but it’s important for children to wear the right kind of helmet, and to wear it correctly.

Before you get there, however, parents have to make sure their kids will actually wear a helmet.

Learn more on our blog.

Top Summer Injuries that Bring Kids to the Emergency Room

Summertime for many kids and adolescents means the excitement of water activities, fun in the sun and outdoor sports! Yet summer is also known as “trauma season” among pediatric experts like Dr. James Pierog, emergency medicine specialist, CHOC Children’s emergency department. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, a leading children’s safety organization, summer season represents millions of emergency room visits by children 14 and younger due to unintentional injuries, many resulting in death.

Girls outside wearingi their helmets

Helmet Safety Tip Sheets

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Children should wear a helmet while they are riding on their bikes, scooters, skateboards or in-line skates. Helmets protect the head and brain from getting hurt. They are like “seatbelts” for your head.

  • Look for a helmet with a CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) sticker inside to show that it has been safety tested and approved.
  • Choose a helmet with a round, smooth plastic outer shell.
  • The helmet should sit low on the forehead, about 2 fingers above the eyebrows.
  • The fit of the helmet should feel snug, but not tight.
  • The front and back straps should form the letter “v” just below the ears.
  • Only one finger should fit between the chinstrap and the chin.
  • The helmet should not move more than ½ inch in any direction.
  • Use knee and elbow pads when riding scooters.
  • Do not use wristguards when riding anything with handlebars, such as bicycles and scooters. (It is hard to grip the handlebars when wearing wristguards).
  • Stay away from streets and surfaces with water, speed bumps, sand and gravel.
  • By law in California, everyone age 17 years and under must wear a helmet while bicycling, riding a scooter, skateboard, roller skates and in-line skates.

For more important tips to prevent injuries in children and teens, visit choc.org/safety.

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