Bike Helmet & Multi-Sport Helmet Program
To help keep our children’s noggins safe, East Pierce Professional Firefighters offers helmets at a discounted rates: bike helmets at $8 (toddler through extra large), and multi-sport helmets at $11 (small through large). Stop by our Headquarters Station anytime between 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. The wearer must be present so our firefighters can provide a custom fit.
Will Bicycle Helmets Protect Me When Playing Other Sports?
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 may want to look for helmets sold specifically for these activities that meet safety standards for these sports. These helmets cover more of the head, especially in the back. Wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads will offer additional body protection.
Can I Still Use My Helmet If It Has Been In A Crash?
No. Any helmet that has been involved in a crash needs to be replaced immediately – even if there are no visible signs of damage.
A Properly Fit Helmet
It’s not enough just to wear a helmet; it needs to be properly fitted to be effective. Do a simple “eyes, ears and mouth” test.
Eyes: The child 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.