It’s finally bike season, and if you’ve got a kiddo about to graduate to two wheels (or four), you’ll want to make sure his head is protected.
If you’ve got a helmet, but you’re not sure it’s sitting on that little noggin correctly, here’s a helpful site with tips from the King County Department of Health, or you can also see a video from Seattle Children’s here.
You can also get a custom fitted helmet at very low cost at many locations. I have a whole list of ’em below! Do note that most of these are undated pdf files, so call before you go. Most of these locations can also help you find free or low cost life jackets and offer car seat inspection.
King County– Go here and click on the downloadable list on the right, under the helmet. I got a weird warning about this file when I clicked, but it opened just fine, and so far nothing has blown up!
East Pierce County-Helmets are available from East Pierce Fire and Rescue for just 7.00 Monday-Friday between 8AM-5PM simply by stopping by the headquarters station in Bonney Lake.
Other Pierce County Locations-Scroll down to “Helmets,” and click on the hyperlink
Thurston County-Information here and many other resources from Safe Kids Thurston County.
Kitsap County–Harrison Medical’s site has lists for helmets, life jackets, and car seat inspection. Look in the right hand sidebar.
I hope you’ll consider sharing these links with your moms’ group, PTA pals, or other active friends. While I try really hard not to be naggy on this site, if there is one thing that makes me cringe, it’s seeing kids zooming around without helmets. Bike riding is great fun and exercise; just make sure they’re ready before you let them roll!