Helmets provide the best protection against injury, whether your child is riding a bike, scooter or skateboard, or using skates. Wearing a helmet can prevent about 85% of head injuries from bike crashes. However, a helmet will only protect when it fits well.
Help your child get in the habit of wearing a helmet by starting when they’re young. Be a good role model and wear a helmet yourself.
A helmet won’t protect your child’s head if it doesn’t fit right. Check to see if a helmet fits correctly by using the following guidelines:
The helmet should sit level on your child’s head and rest low on the forehead, one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows. A helmet pushed up too high will not provide enough protection for the face or head in a fall or crash.
The straps should form a “Y” under each earlobe and lay flat against the head.
The buckled chin strap should be loose enough so that your child can breathe. There should be enough room so you can insert a finger between the buckle and chin. It should be tight enough that if your child opens their mouth, you can see the helmet pull down on top.
Dangers of leaving children in hot cars
Every year preventable deaths happen when children are left alone in hot cars. This can happen when the driver forgets the child is in the car or when children get locked in cars on their own.
Here are some ways to keep your child safe
- Never leave your child alone in a car.
- Always check the front and back seats of the car before you lock it and leave.
- Put your purse, briefcase, or something else you need by your child’s car seat so you do not forget to check.
- Always lock your car when it is empty so your child cannot get into the car without you knowing.
- Pay attention to where your keys are so that you avoid locking yourself out of your car with your child still inside.
Q & A
Q: “I often run quick errands and my child comes along. On a cool day is it OK to leave him in the car for a few minutes with the windows cracked while / run into the store and grab something?”
A: No, it is never OK to leave a child alone in the car, even for a short while. Children left in cars are at risk of heatstroke, which causes dizziness, disorientation, sluggishness, seizure, loss of consciousness, and/or death.
Even on a cool day outside, the temperature inside a car can increase by 30 to 40 degrees in an hour. Most of this increase in temperature happens during the first 30 minutes.