According to the National Head Injury Foundation, each year nearly 50,000 bicyclists suffer serious head injuries leaving them with permanent disabilities.
The good news is that helmets can greatly reduce this risk. A study in Seattle found that wearing a bicycle helmet reduced the risk of head injury by 85 percent. Other biking risks include:
- Collision with a car or another bicycle
- Loss of control
- Mechanical and structural problems
- Getting hands, feet or clothing tangled in the bike
- Feet slipping from the pedals
In regard to bike helmets, which should be worn EVERY time your child-or you!-rides a bike, the helmet should:
- Sit level and firmly on your child's head, but not be so tight that it's uncomfortable.
- Not be tilted forward or backward
- Not be worn over a baseball hat.
- Have strong, wide straps that fasten snugly under the chin (you shouldn't be able to fit more than a finger under the strap if it's on properly).
- Always be fastened while riding.
- Be replaced after a serious fall, as helmets lose their capacity to absorb shock after taking a hit.
- Louis Garneau Grunge Kids Helmets look so cool that your kids will be begging to wear them. Just don't tell them about all the added safety features like the:
- Quick-release buckle fastener with ergonomic shape.
- Airdry Fusion that provides better comfort and ventilation. Helmet stabilizing device for integrated receptacle.
- Rack-and-pinion mechanism for tight and quick adjustment. Airdry padding for optimum comfort. (For ages 6 to 15)
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