Bike Helmet Safety Tips

(From the Roselle Park EMS website)

Tip 1

Proper Helmet Strap Adjustment

A properly worn and adjusted helmet is a safer helmet. Helmet straps adjust in several ways:

  1. The yoke buckles (plastic pieces connecting front and rear straps) should rest at the corner of your jawbone, below your ears.
  2. In use, the side yoke straps must be taut with the helmet level on your head as you fasten the chin strap.
  3. Excess chin strap webbing can be trimmed and the cut edge melted to prevent fraying. Please let us know if you need assistance with strap adjustment or helmet fitting.


Tip 2

Three Tests For Helmet Fit

  1. The shake test. Shake your helmet from side to side. Fit pads should hold it snugly in place.
  2. The open-mouth test. When you buckle the chin strap and open your mouth, you should feel the helmet press firmly against the top of your head.
  3. Peel-off test. If you can "peel" the helmet off your head to the front or rear when the chin strap is tightened, the straps need to be tightened.


Tip 3

A Level Helmet is a Safe Helmet

The liner absorbs serious impact only once and won't protect you again. Some helmet manufacturers will replace your helmet after a crash--ask your retailer for details.

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