Helmet Safety 101

Regardless if your child rides a bike, pursues around the yard or driveway on a scooter, roller-skates or rollerblades on the sidewalk or at the park, snowboards, or skis, we highly recommend he or she wear a helmet while partaking in any of these activities. Wearing a helmet seriously reduces the risk of having a serious head injury if your child falls – so don’t delay. Head out to your local sporting goods store, Target, or Wal-Mart and purchase a properly-fitted helmet for your child. Since we are in the middle of the winter season, we have provided a short list of tips to read before taking your children to the slopes, provided by Michael Berry, president of the National Ski Areas Association.

  • Choose a helmet that is specifically created for skiing and snowboarding – This type of helmet is different than one your child would use for spring, summer, or fall activities. It is designed specifically for winter activities on the slopes. These helmets offer more insulation keeping your child’s head warmer and protects better if impact is made than that of a bike helmet.

  • Choose a bright colored helmet - It will be more visible to others on the slopes and will be beneficial on snowy or not-so-great visibility days. More visible means less chances of someone colliding into your child.

  • Make sure the helmet fits properly NOW – Don’t buy one that your child has to grow into. It’s vital to your child’s safety that the helmet fits properly and correctly now. It should be snug-fitting and cover the majority of your child’s forehead. It shouldn’t be able to wobble back and forth or side to side. The helmet needs to be worn centered on the top of his or her head with the chinstrap buckled securely, not loosely. If you’re unsure if a helmet fits correctly, have your child fitted at a sporting goods store that specializes in winter sports and safety.

  • Fit your child for a helmet with his or her skiing goggles on – Both need to fit properly together and be worn together so make sure are positioned correctly when choosing a helmet for your child. Otherwise, if this is not done, your child’s vision may be blocked when skiing or snowboarding.

  • Read the labels – Read the labels to make sure your child’s helmet meets safety standards and guidelines. Again, if you’re not sure what the correct guidelines or safety requirements are, purchase your child’s helmet at a sporting goods store that specializes in winter sports so an employee that is trained and knowledgeable in that area can help you pick out the best and safest helmet for your child.

Winter sports are fun but are even more fun when proper safety guidelines are followed! Keep your child (and yourself) safe and THEN get out there and enjoy the slopes!