May 25 , 2021
A safe-fitting kids helmet is the number one way to prevent head and brain injuries. Each year, it's estimated that almost 400,000 children under 14 are treated for bicycle and scooter-related injuries. But that doesn't mean these toys are inherently unsafe! All it takes is safety gear to prevent head injuries that can last a lifetime. Here at the Wheelie Barn, we're all about fun. But to have fun, we have to safe about it. Here's the dirt on choosing the proper kids helmet for your child.
Before You Buy
Helmets come in several different sizes. Therefore, it's essential to choose the right fit for your family. Helmets are not something that children can "grow into." The helmet has to fit them to protect your child properly. All bicycle helmets must meet the standards put forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Also, if a helmet has been in a crash or visible wear and tear, it's time to replace the helmet. Not all helmet damage is visible after a tumble.
How To Fit A Kids Helmet
- First, the helmet must be level and low on the forehead. It should only be about one or two finger-widths away from the eyebrows.
- The side "V" straps would be located under and slightly in front of the ears. If the helmet can, it's a good idea to lock the sliders in place so they don't move.
- Next is the chin buckle. For the best placement, move the left buckle to the center of the underneath of the chin.
- The chin strap needs to be snug but not too tight. No more than one or two fingers should fit underneath the strap to prevent the helmet from moving.
- Now, it's time for the final fit. Here are a few more things to check:
- Open your mouth widely. If the helmet does not get pulled down on your head, it's time to tighten the chin strap.
- If the helmet is falling backwards or is more than two fingers above the eyebrows, the front "V" side strap needs to be tightened.
- On the other hand, is the helmet falling forward in front of the eyebrows? That means the back "V" strap needs to be tightened.
Wheelie Barn for Kids Helmets
If you're looking for a safe way to enjoy your electric scooter or bicycle, a helmet is the first stop. Don't forget the knee and elbow pads as well! Whether you are riding for fun or as a way to get to work, our inventory at the Wheelie Barn has what you need to get there safely and on time!
For more information, visit our website or call us at (800) 858-5739.