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Why Bike Helmets

bikehelmetBicycle helmets save lives, but only if they are worn. Each year more than 700 people are killed in bike crashes in the United States, and up to 50% of those deaths could have been prevented if the bike riders had worn helmets.

California law requires that persons under the age of 18 wear an approved helmet when operating or riding as a passenger on a bicycle. A first offense results in a warning and subsequent offenses result in a maximum fine of $25. Parents are jointly responsible for fines imposed on minor children.

Today’s bike helmets are lightweight, comfortable, and cool in hot weather. Available in a wide variety of colors, shapes and styles, even the most hard-to-please youngster can find a likable helmet.

When selecting a helmet for your child, find one that fits your child’s head comfortable without shifting or falling off. The helmet should sit level and not rock back and forth or side to side. Also, make sure that the straps can be adjusted for a level and snug fit.

All new helmets sold in the United States must carry a label stating they meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standard for bike helmets.

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