Less than half the kids who participate in wheeled sports (rollerblading, riding bikes, skateboarding, etc.) even wear helmets. Even those that wear helmets wear them incorrectly 2/3 of the time, so head protection is an area that needs a lot of work.
The best thing you can do, as a parent, is make sure that EVERY TIME your child participates in a wheeled activity, they wear a helmet. Helmets are affordable, can be stylish, and may save your child’s life–even in a fall as little as 24″ above the ground.
Here are easy steps to fit a helmet properly:
Eyes–the rim of the helmet should be one- to two-finger widths above the eyebrows.
Ears–the straps should form a “V” just below the ear lobe. Straps should not be twisted.
Mouth–the buckle should be flush against the skin under the chin. When the child opens his mouth, he should feel the strap snug on the chin and the helmet hugging the head.
To find out more information on helmets, contact St John Medical Center.
Does your child need a bike helmet? If so, you can go to any local fire station in Cowlitz County or to St John Medical Center (go to the information desk at the emergency dept entrance and they will help you right there). A $5 donation is requested so we can continue this program.