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Bicycle Helmet Safety

Bicycles are associated with more childhood injuries than any consumer product except the automobile.

Head injury is the leading cause of permanent disability and death in bicycle crashes. The single most important way to reduce head injury from bike crashes is to wear a helmet.

Requiring your children to wear a helmet every time, everywhere they go, is the best thing you can do to protect them.

  • Don't negotiate. It's estimated that 75% of bike-related deaths among children could be prevented with a bike helmet.
  • Buy a helmet that meets or exceeds current safety standards developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Correct fit is essential. Helmets should be comfortable and snug, but not too tight. They shouldn't rock back and forth or side to side.
  • Make sure the helmet is worn correctly - centered on top of the head with the straps buckled. (Kids who wear their helmet tipped back have a 52% greater risk of head injury than those who wear their helmets properly)
  • Talk to other parents and encourage them to have their kids wear helmets. Let your kids see you wear a helmet too - kids are more likely to wear helmets when riding with others who wear them.

(Resource: National Safe Kids Campaign website:

© Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood - Invest in Children Child Fatality Review Committee

The Child Death Review Program is funded by: Cuyahoga County, and The Child and Family Health Services Block Grant provided through the Ohio Department of Health. The Child Death Review Program is administered by: The Cuyahoga County Board of Health.