Spring Tip: Ensure Kids' Bike Helmets Fit Right
As the warmer spring temperatures lure your kids outdoors, make sure their bike helmets offer maximum protection. Here are helmet safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
• Bicycle helmets must have a chin strap and buckle that stays securely fastened to provide protection during impact.
• No combination of twisting or pulling should remove the helmet from your child's head or loosen the buckle or strap.
• The helmet should fit snugly so it will not rock from side to side when your child shakes her head.
• The front of the helmet should sit one- to two-fingers' width above your child's eyebrows and cover his forehead.
• Center the left buckle under the chin. Most helmets have straps that can be pulled back from the back of the helmet to lengthen or shorten the chinstraps.
• Adjust the slider on both straps to form a "V" shape under, and slightly in front of, the ears. Lock the slider if possible.
• No more than one or two fingers should be able to fit between your child's chin and chinstrap.
Bicycle helmets are required by federal law to meet the CPSC standards, so look for a label in the helmet indicating that it does.