Helmet FittingUpdated 2 months ago
Securing your child’s helmet
Now that you’ve purchased the right helmet, it’s time to get it fastened on properly. This is where many parents make mistakes, so read carefully:
- Place the helmet properly on the head, facing forwards (not backwards). The front of the helmet should sit two finger widths above the eyebrows (or the frames of your child’s glasses, if they wear them). If a helmet is too far forward, your child won’t be able to see clearly. If it’s too far back, it won’t protect their face and forehead in the event of a fall.
- Adjust to find the right fit.
- Remove ponytails, barrettes, and other accessories that your child won’t wear on every bike ride.
- Adjust the dial (if included). Turn it until the helmet is snug yet comfortable.
- If needed, add padding to make sure there is adequate protection all around the head.
- Adjust the straps. This part is crucial to ensure the helmet stays in the right position on your child’s head.
- Adjust the ‘Y’ of the strap to meet just below the ear.
- The chin strap should be comfortable, yet snug enough that when your child opens their mouth, it tugs a bit. Yet it should be loose enough that they can slip a finger inside the strap.
- Test it out. Have your child shake their head vigorously to see if the helmet stays firmly in place. Remember, the goal is for the helmet to remain secure during an impact or fall. If they can shake it off in the living room, it will be useless during a real accident.
- Check it periodically. The straps may gradually loosen and the padding will get compressed over time, so it’s important to keep a close eye on your child’s helmet. Make sure it stays secure and adjust the straps and spin dial as necessary.
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