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Published on April 11, 2011

Give a Bike Helmet "Basket" to Show You Really Care

April 11, 2011 

This Easter, give a gift that might save a loved one’s life. If you know a child or an adult that rides a bike, scooter, skate board or uses in-line skates, give them something they really need. Make a basket out of a bike helmet and add goodies inside.

Helmets Save Lives and Reduce Injuries, Are all helmets the same? 

No. There are different helmets for different activities. Each type of helmet is made to protect your head from the impacts common to a particular activity or sport. Be sure to wear a helmet that is appropriate for the particular activity you’re involved in.

How can I tell if my helmet fits properly? 

A helmet should be both comfortable and snug. Be sure that it is level on your head—not tilted back on the top of the head or pulled too low over your forehead. It should not move in any direction, back-to-front or side-to-side. The chin strap should be securely buckled so that the helmet doesn't move or fall off during a fall or collision. If you buy a helmet for a child, bring the child with you so that the helmet can be tested for a good fit.

What can I do if I have trouble fitting the helmet? 

You may have to apply the foam padding that comes with the helmet and/or adjust the straps. If this doesn't work, consult with the store where you bought the helmet or with the helmet manufacturer. Don’t wear a helmet that doesn’t fit correctly.

Will I need to replace a helmet after an impact? 

That depends on the severity of the impact and whether the helmet can withstand one impact (a single-impact helmet) or more than one impact (a multiple-impact helmet). For example, bicycle helmets are designed to protect against a single severe impact, such as a bicyclist’s fall onto the pavement. The foam material in the helmet will crush to absorb the impact energy during a fall or collision and can’t protect you again from an additional impact. Even if there are no visible signs of damage to the helmet, you must replace it.

Other helmets are designed to protect against multiple moderate impacts. Two examples are football and ice hockey helmets. These helmets are designed to withstand multiple impacts of the type associated with the respective activities. However, you may still have to replace the helmet after one severe impact, or if it has visible signs of damage, such as a cracked shell or permanent dent in the shell or liner. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions to learn when the helmet should be replaced.

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission (accessed January 11, 2006), 
Consumer Product Safety Commission (accessed January 11, 2006), 
Consumer Product Safety Commission (accessed January 11, 2006).

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