BICYCLE HELMET SAFETY TIPS

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute estimates that helmets reduce the risk of all head injuries by up to 85%. Bicycle helmets are required by law in Florida for those under 16..

SOME FACTS:

  • Helmets should have a sticker indicating that they meet federally mandated standards. Look for a CPSC, ANSI, ASTM or Snell B-95 sticker.
  • Helmets should fit securely: Low on the forehead, just above the eyebrows. It should fit snugly, but comfortably and should not move around on the head.
  • Helmets should be replaced at least every 5 years or as soon as the child outgrows a proper fit.
  • After a crash, the bike helmet should be replaced, even if it does not look damaged.
  • Parents can get more information and additional bicycle helmet safety tips on fitting bike helmets here.