Tips on helmets

Before setting off on a family bike ride this spring, make sure your children haven't outgrown their bicycle helmets.

A proper-fitting helmet is key to keeping kids safe while biking, according to Nationwide Children's Hospital. Helmets protect children from brain injury and death in the event of a fall.
The hospital offers a list of tips and a helpful video on selecting the proper size helmet on its website, nationwidechildrens.org/cirp-bicycle-helmets.

When choosing a helmet, it's important to select one that fits now rather than buying something the child will grow into, according to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The hospital provides tips on properly fitting a bike helmet at chla.org/blog/rn-remedies/bicycle-helmets-getting-the-right-fit.

With nearly 400,000 children visiting emergency rooms each year for bike-related injuries, medical experts say it's important that parents promote helmet use.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton