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Tips On Buying Bike Helmets

Here are what experts, including the Consumer Federation of America�s child safety website, recommend when buying a bike helmet for your child:

  • Only buy a helmet that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards (look for the sticker in the helmet signifying that the helmet passes the standard). The CPSC standard:

    • Ensures that bike helmets will adequately protect the head and that chin straps will be strong enough to prevent the helmet from coming off in a crash, collision or fall.

    • Requires that helmets intended for children up to age five cover more of the head to provide added protection to the more fragile areas of a young child's skull.

  • Let your child help pick out the helmet. Helmets now come in a variety of colors and patterns, and by involving your child in the selection process, you will increase the chances that your child to wear the helmet.

    • Have your child try on the helmet in the store, to make sure you get the right size.

    • Helmets come in child and adult sizes. Don't automatically buy a child size helmet; many children wear adult size helmets. Measure the circumference of your child's head.

  • To save money, try to get a helmet included in the deal when you buy your child a bike. This is probably easier to accomplish if buying from a bike shop rather than a large department store.

  • Remember: Helmets should be replaced if they have been involved in a crash.

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