There are quite a number of excuses people give for not putting on a helmet while they are riding motorcycle, bicycle, or when roller skating. According to medical experts, there is no valid excuse for not putting on a helmet. When accidents occur, trauma to the brain can happen as a result and this can lead to skull fracture or concussion. Research has shown that wearing a helmet can help to reduce the danger of a serious injury to the brain or even death as the helmet absorbs most of the impact rather than the brain or the head. Here are five tips to help you safeguard your head.
All Helmets are not Created the Same
There are different helmets for different activities and each one of them has been designed to protect your head from the impact that is common to each activity. This is why it is important to always wear the helmet that is best suited for each activity as other types of the helmet may not protect you adequately. Although there are some helmets that serve multiple activities, check the manufacturer’s instructions for guidelines before wearing a helmet.
Make Sure the Helmet Fit Well
For maximum protection, ensure the helmet meet the following criteria:
- Sit evenly on the head and not tilted in any way
- Feel comfortable and not move in any direction
- Have a secure bucket that keeps it from falling off
- Fit properly and be easy to adjust without too many adjustments; they should stay put once the adjustment is made.
Kids Helmet are Special
Getting your kids to always wear helmets can be very challenging, it is left for parents to set rules and be consistent in enforcing them. Parents should lead by example by also making it a habit of wearing helmets always. Have them to try on different helmets to know their exact sizing. Kid’s helmets should have a secure buckle that holds firm in a crash and it should release after 5 seconds to avoid strangulation. It may be a good idea to buy larger clothes than your children wear for them but it is not the same thing with helmets as they have to fit perfectly.
Helmets Have Lifespan
Some helmets are made to withstand multiple impacts while others can only withstand one impact. A typical example of such is the bicycle helmet that is designed to protect against only a single impact. The impact energy is absorbed by the foam material in the helmet and as such, it can’t protect you when you have an impact subsequently. You should replace this even if the sign of damage is not visible. Helmets like those for football and motorcycle are designed to withstand multiple moderate impacts. However, if there are visible signs of damage after one impact you should replace them.
It is important to remember that helmets are not made perfect, so it is still possible to sustain a head injury even when you wear one. otection: Know more about helmet’s protection: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle_helmet.