So…you’ve been wearing the same helmet for fifteen years. The one you spray painted to complete your Storm Trooper costume. Well, time to be thinking about flipping it upside down and turning it into a hanging basket for your thriving spider plant. While replacing a helmet every 3 years is perhaps overkill, by 5-6 years and you’d be best shopping around for some replacement ideas. If your helmet has endured ANY substantial impact (including accidental thuds down the staircase), it should be replaced immediately. Helmets are designed to endure ONE hard impact.
1) the right fit: Kids helmets should not be bought to “grow into”. Some pointers: No side to side wobble & no front to back tilting should be going on. There should be no helmet movement when you shake your head in any direction.
2) wear it right: The visor (if it has one) goes in the front. Be sure to wear your helmet so that the helmet sits level across your mid forehead…approximately two fingers width above your eyebrows. The straps should join under each ear and at the jawbone. You should be able to slide two fingers under the chin strap. More, is too loose and less, is too tight.
3) proper certification: Before you purchase any helmet, make sure it has a certification sticker from the CSA, EN, ASTM, CPSC or Snell B90/B95
Extreme temperatures can break down the foam in your helmet and make it less shock absorbent, so avoid storing your helmet in direct sunlight or in the hot trunk of your car.
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