Kohl’s Save Your Skull Program Promotes Bike Helmet Safety
Alannah Manfredi, Kohl’s Save Your Skull program coordinator
Bike helmets are the most important piece of biking equipment you can buy for you and your family. In fact, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent.
When purchasing a bike helmet here are a few tips:
- Bike helmets come in different sizes. It is important you make sure the helmet fits your child’s entire head from front to back.
- The strap should be snug. Allow only one finger’s space between the strap and your skin.
- Test fit the helmet. It should not shake around or come off when you shake your head.
- Don’t buy a helmet based on age. The helmet needs to fit your child right regardless of what the box says.
- Make sure the helmet meets the Consumer Products Safety Commission standards (CPSC). It should say so right on the box.
Your head is the heaviest part of your body. If you or your child falls while biking there is a good chance you could hit your head. It is important to remember that helmets should be replaced after any kind of impact or crash because there could be tiny cracks that affect the structure of your helmet.
I encourage parents to lead by example and make sure everyone in the family wears a helmet. Keep in mind there are different helmets for different sports and it’s important to make sure the helmet you or your child is using is compatible.
Learn more about the Kohl’s Save You Skull Program.