Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Helmet Safety

Thanks to "SafeKids," many Snohomish County fire districts are able to offer bike, multi-sport, and ski/snowboard helmets for a small donation.

Ski & Snowboard Helmets Available Now!

Snow Skiing and Snowboarding
According to, “in the United States, each year more than 17,000 children ages 5 to 14 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for snow skiing-related injuries, and nearly 23,000 are treated for snowboarding-related injuries. With a few safety precautions, skiing and snowboarding are sports that can be enjoyed throughout one’s lifetime.”

We suggest these precautions:

• Enroll in at least one skiing or snowboarding lesson to start off on the right track.
• Use caution when entering and exiting the ski lift.
• Do not ski out of control or go too fast. Follow the rules of the slopes.
• Be aware of other people on the slope.
• Wear a helmet specifically designed for snow sports, as well as eye protection.
• Wear sun protection, even on cloudy days.
• Wear warm, close-fitting clothing.
• Never ski or snowboard alone.

Young children should always be supervised by an adult. Over 13,500 ski related head injuries occur in the United States each year.
Helmets are available TODAY to help reduce the risk of serious head injuries.
Ski helmets are available for $20 at Monroe Fire District #3, located at 163 Village Ct, Monroe, WA 98272.

Bicycle & Multi-Sport Helmets Available at Many Locations. Contact your local fire district for more information.

Helmets are available for a donation of only $9.00.

It's a fact. About 800 people, including more than 200 children, are killed annually in bicycle-related crashes nationwide, and about 60 percent of these deaths involve a head injury. The good news: (pause) research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of serious brain injury by 85 percent. Use your head. Use a helmet!

Four Steps to Properly Fit a Bike Helmet (Snohomish County SafeKids):

1. Measure your head

•  Measure your head just above the eyebrows for proper size.

•  The helmet should fit comfortably withouth rocking from side to side.

•  Pads (that come with the helmet) can be used to get the best fit.

2. Position the helmet

• The helmet should fit level on the head. It should be within two fingers of the eyebrow

3. Adjust the straps

• The straps and slider should be adjusted to make a "V" that comes together just under and slightly in front of the ears.

  • Adjust the chin strap:
  • Buckle your helmet
  • Hold the buckle and pull the strap tight.
  • No more than one or two fingers should fit between the strap and the chin (see figure 3)
  • The tour straps must go through the rubber band. The band should sit close to the buckle to prevent slipping.

4. Test the fit

• UIT helmet on and buckled, open mouth wide (i.e. big yawn). The helmet should pull down on the head. If it doesn't the chin strap needs to be tightened.

• If the helmet rocks back and forth on the head, the straps are not tight enough. Check to make sure that the straps and slider from a “V” under the ears (figure 2). Also, a mix and match of pads may work better towards a snug fit.

(figure 1) )Make sure the helmet fits snugly and does not obstruct your field of vision. Make sure the chin strap fits securely and that the buckle stays fastened.

(figure 2) Wear the helmet flat atop your head, not tilted back at an angle!

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:


•  The bike helmet should be worn every time the child is on his or her bike.

•  It is important that the helmet fit snugly and not move forward to back or side to side.

•  Check the helmet fit every time it is used.

•  Replace a helmet that has become too small or has sustained damage.

•  Don't store helmet in hot car or trunk or leave in the sun.

Download Helmet & Safety Information:

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute Consumer Guide

Helmet Activity Sheet

NHTSA Tips for Fitting a Bicycle Helmet (You Tube Video)

Contact your local fire district: