The snow will begin to fall soon and our kids will want to ski or snow board. It is important to keep in mind when doing these activities that your kids should ALWAYS wear a helmet. As many of you already know, a helmet reduces the risk of serious head injury.
By way of suggestion, before selecting a helmet for your child you should look at a few things:
- Select a helmet designed for the sport. A helmet used for skiing and snowboarding , for example, provides more protection against impact then a bike helmet does.
- You should check that the helmet meets appropriate safety standards. A helmet used for these sports should have one or more of these labels.: ASTM, CEN or Snell Memorial Foundation.
- You should get a helmet that is brightly colored. It will be more visible on the slopes and at night, helping you to spot your child.
- Buy a helmet that fits correctly. So many of us buy a bigger size thinking we will get more use out of it because our child can grow into it. To adequately protect your child, you shouldn’t be able to move the helmet back and forth or side to side.
- You should also get goggles and take them with you when getting a helmet to make sure the goggles fit with the helmet so that your child’s field of vision does not become blocked.