Keeping kids safe on their bike rides

Riding a bicycle is fun and healthy…but accidents do happen. That’s why it is so important to wear a helmet. Helmets help protect your head and brain from injury in case you fall. In fact, for kids’ protection, Oregon has a law that anyone under age 16 who is riding on a bike must wear a helmet (or face a $25 fine).

Make sure your helmet fits correctly. Here’s a fun activity for you. Take out your helmet and follow these three simple steps to make sure your helmet is the right fit for you:

  • Put the helmet on your head. It should be level from front to back and should cover your forehead.
  • Fasten the straps and turn your head side to side and up and down. The helmet should move very little. If your eyes become covered or your forehead becomes exposed, adjust the straps and try again.
  • Check for a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sticker to make sure your helmet meets all safety standards. If your helmet doesn’t have the CPSC sticker, ask your parents to get you one that does.

Take care of your helmet. Don’t throw it around, because it can get damaged and not protect you fully. Replace your helmet if it becomes damaged or worn out.