Bicycle & Multi-Sport Helmet Program
Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One offers bike helmets and multi-sport helmets at a discounted rate in toddler sizes and small to extra-large for children and adults. The wearer must be present so we can provide a custom fit. If unavailable for fitting, gift certificates are available.
A properly fitting bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent! Most deaths related to bicycle falls and collisions involve head injuries. This means that wearing a helmet can save your life.
It’s not enough to just wear a helmet; it needs to fit properly to be effective. Do a simple “eyes, ears, and mouth” test:
- Eyes: You should be able to look up and see the rim of the helmet. It should be about two finger widths above the eyebrows.
- Ears: Straps should form a “V” under the ears when buckled, and should be snug and comfortable.
- Mouth: With your mouth open, you should feel the helmet hug your head. If not, tighten the straps. The helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position and shouldn’t rock forward and backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly.
Yes. Laws now require helmet use in many areas. Not to mention, each year bicycle-related deaths number about 900, and United States hospital emergency rooms treat more than 500,000 people for bicycle-related injuries. More children, ages 5 to 14, go to United States hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with bicycles than any other sport. Many of these injuries involve the head. If you do not wear a bicycle helmet, you are risking your life. No helmet, no wheels. The same rule applies to little ones riding in bicycle trailers and in bike seats. Adults can help set a good example and protect themselves by always wearing a helmet, too.
Bicycle helmets offer head protection for sports like in-line skating and roller skating. In addition, wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads are recommended for these sports. Those who skateboard or do more aggressive (trick or freestyle) skating should consider multi-sport helmets made specifically for these activities that also meet the safety standards. These helmets cover more of the head, especially in the back. Wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads will offer additional body protection.
No. Any helmet that has been involved in a crash needs to be replaced immediately – even if there are no visible signs of damage.