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Helmet safety

Use your head – wear a helmet

Helmets are the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes and other sports on the move.

Fitting a helmet

– Put the helmet on your head. Look up. You should see the bottom rim of the helmet.

– Make sure the straps form a "v" under your ears when buckled. The straps should be a little tight but comfortable.

– Open your mouth as wide as you can. Does the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten the straps.

Wheeled sport safety tips

Wearing a helmet can reduce severe brain injury by 88 percent.

  • Make it a habit for the whole family to wear a helmet – from the tricycle rider to the adult role model
  • Set a rule – no helmet, then no bike, skateboard, scooter, skates or sled
  • Wear the correct helmet and gear for the sport
  • Remember wrist guards and knee pads also prevent injuries
  • Use the right size equipment, not something your child will grow into
  • Help your child learn the skills needed to enjoy the sport safely
  • Supervise your child until he or she is ready to go on his or her own
  • Follow safety rules and traffic laws
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Wheeled sports tips

Safe Kids Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the lead agency for Safe Kids Wisconsin and Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin and the leader in car seat education in Wisconsin.