Helmet Safety

RTAD in cooperation with Helmets First provides helmets for FREE to members of the communities we serve.  To be provided a helmet, or to have RTAD assist with a helmet fitting, schedule an appointment with a RTAD representative by calling 636-296-5066 ext.1404 or email outreach@rocktownship.com

Helmets First

Always wear a helmet. You should wear a helmet regardless of your age or experience whenever you bike, skate, ski or participate in other activities in which your head is vulnerable to injury.

Wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk of serious head or brain injury by 85 percent. Wear a helmet during every ride, no matter the distance you bike.

Children ages 5 to 14 have the highest injury rate of all bicycle riders. Bike accidents are a leading cause of death for children. In 2012, bike-related crashes killed 900 individuals and injured more than 532,000.


Safety Tips

  • Serve as a role model. Wear a helmet on every ride.
  • Purchase a new helmet after a crash. Even if the helmet appears fine, the interior may be damaged.
  • Talk to children about wearing a helmet when biking, skating, skiing and using a skateboard or scooter.
  • Your child is more likely to wear a helmet if he or she likes the way it looks.
  • Choose a helmet with the right fit. A helmet should be:
  • Snug: It does not slide from side-to-side or front-to-back.
  • Level: It should sit on top of the head, covering the top of the forehead and not tilt in any direction.
  • Stable: A chinstrap keeps the helmet from rocking. Replace a chinstrap is any part of the buckle breaks.
  • Use appropriate helmets for activities, such as a bike helmet for biking and a ski helmet for skiing.
  • Use lights and reflective gear, especially at dawn, dusk and night.

How to properly fit a helmet

Follow these tips:

  • Eyes: Put the helmet on your head and look up. You should see the bottom rim of the helmet.
  • Ears: Make sure the straps form a “V” under your ears when buckled. The straps should be tight but comfortable.
  • Mouth: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Does the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten the straps.