How to pick the right helmet for your kids

The easy answer is of course - go to www.crazysafety.com and pick your helmet :-) But before you do that, we have a few pointers for you to help you in the selection. 
What should you look for in a bicycle helmet for your child?
For the US market look for the Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC) sticker inside the helmet. This label or sticker ensures that the helmet will provide a high level of protection in the event of an impact. Helmets manufactured after March 1999 are required by law to meet the CPSC standard. The "ASTM," "ANSI," and "Snell" labels also meet the CPSC standards. (These were voluntary safety standards in place before 1999.)

The same goes in Europe, however look for the CE label. This will ensure that your helmet is certified and safe to use. 
Can you use a helmet that is used or a hand-me-down?If you are considering a used or hand-me-down helmet, never purchase or use a helmet that is cracked, broken, or has been in a crash. Keep in mind that used or older helmets might have cracks you cannot see and might not meet current safety standards if they were manufactured before 1999. Always buy a new helmet!

How can I tell if my bicycle helmet fits probably?

  • When the chin strap is buckled, a bicycle helmet should have a snug but comfortable fit. You should not be able to move the helmet from side to side or up and down.
  • The helmet should sit level on the head (not tilted back) and rest low on the forehead.
  • The bottom edge of the helmet should be 1 to 2 finger widths above the eyebrow.
  • Another technique to check proper positioning: your eyes should be able to see the very edge of the helmet when looking upward.
  • The straps of the helmet need to be even and should form a "Y" that comes together right at the bottom of the earlobe. The straps should be snug against the head.
  • The buckled chin strap should leave only enough room to allow one finger to be inserted between the buckle and chin. When opening your mouth, you should be able to feel the helmet pull down on your head.

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

Bicycle helmets are available in several different sizes and design with different thicknesses of internal padding to custom fit the helmet to the user. To get a snug fit, internal pads should be placed in areas where there is space between the head and the helmet along the front, back, and/or sides of the helmet. The pads should be positioned evenly around the inside of the helmet. You can always buy extra thick pads online, if you feel the helmet does not have a nice snug fit.

If the helmet does not feel snug after adjusting the pads and when the straps are correctly buckled, try adjusting the pads again. If you are still having trouble, reach out to us, and we will help you out with any advice that is needed. Keep in mind that you should not be able to remove a properly fitted and strapped-on helmet from the head despite any degree of twisting or pulling.

What can I do to encourage helmet use?

  • To encourage your child to wear a helmet, start the helmet-wearing habit early. All bike riders — including those riding a tricycle — should wear a bicycle helmet.
  • As long as the helmet fits properly, let your child pick out his or her helmet. Children will be more apt to wear a helmet if they have selected it or decorated it with stickers. If your child sees the helmet on www.crazysafety.com, there will definitely be a reaction from your child. If not - let us know please.  
  • Adults should set an example and wear a helmet when biking.

Can bicycle helmets be worn for head protection in other sports?

Yes! Bicycle helmets can also be worn when in-line skating, roller skating or sledding. Skateboarders or skaters who perform tricks might want to look for helmets specifically designed for these activities and that meet safety standards for these sports. These helmets cover more of the head, especially the back of the head.

Stay Safe!
Casper Larsen
COO
Crazy Safety