HOW TO WEAR A BICYCLE HELMET PROPERLY
Author: David P Johnson Date: 9/8/2010
"Wearing a helmet can reduce your risk for head injury from a bicycle accident by up to 85% ..."
Wearing a helmet can reduce your risk for head injury from a bicycle accident by up to 85%, but good head protection doesn’t stop there, as helmet needs to be worn correctly in order to achieve the best possible protection. Here are some tips:
• Wear the helmet level on your head so that the front of the helmet rests just above your eyebrows.
• Fasten straps under the chin so the “V” of the side straps comes just below your ears. Straps should be tight enough so that the helmet does not move backwards or forwards or side to side.
• Adjust the chinstrap so that it fits comfortably and securely under your chin. You should be able to open your mouth without feeling any pinching. If you can fit two fingers between the strap and your chin, tighten the strap.
• Should you sustain an accident in which you hit your head, always replace your helmet. The foam inside the helmet will have been crushed and won’t protect your head as well as it did before. Make sure your helmet has a label indicating it meets the British Safety Standards.
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