Tragically, more than 28,000 deaths and more than 6.8 million injuries occurred from injuries in the home in 1997. Accidental injuries also are the number one killer of children in the United States. This is why it’s so important to keep your children safe while at play in and outside the home. Purchasing a helmet for your child is a great start in protecting your child’s head while they play. If your child does not enjoy wearing a helmet, make it fun.Try storytelling to get your kids into wearing a helmet. Or try role-playing. I like pretending that I am riding the bicycle and I am having such a great time with my helmet. Hopefully, this will get your child one step closer to wearing that helmet.
Start making rules at your house that your child can only go onto a bicycle or tricycle if he or she wears the helmet. My suggestion is to bring your child to the store where you purchase the helmet from to get an accurate fit. Let him or her chose their own helmet. Getting your kids involved in this process will make him or her feel included and giving them choices in which helmet will give them sense of pride.
I think that all parents will agree with me when I say that this child, who is my fiancée’s brother at the age of three, could have benefited from wearing a helmet if he would have fallen. Like all nannies, I myself look for the possibility of an injury before I start an activity with my charges. If I see something that is out-of-place, I do several things to make it safe before we start the activity. I would place a helmet on a child, move a playhouse away to avoid any bumps on the head. I have the child only rolL in his or her space to avoid a collision, and I also remove the helmet when my charges are climbing on a structure so they won’t strangle themselves if they fall and get their helmet caught on a part of the play structure. By removing the helmet, this will avoid accidents that can tragically end in death from wearing a helmet.
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In California, the current helmet law for kids is as follows: “Since 2003, children under 18 years old have been required to wear helmets while riding a scooter, skateboard or inline skates. This is in addition to the requirement that those under 18 wear a helmet while riding a bike.”
However, ski resorts do not require helmets at this time, and, even so, a lot of people are asking for them. It is mostly the operators who are reluctant to change.
Alexis Boyer of the Quebec Ski Areas Association said he supports the use of helmets, but does not back a law mandating their use, saying it would put operators in the position of having to police their guests.
Valerie Powell of the Canada Safety Council said the group would like to see everybody wear helmets.
“By no means will a helmet save you 100 percent, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction to try to prevent brain damage or something like that,” Powell said.
Jeff Hanle, a spokesman for the Aspen Skiing company, which runs resorts in Colorado, said all children under 12 at Aspen ski schools have to wear helmets, but otherwise it is not mandatory.
So always consider if it is appropriate to wear a helmet or not ahead of time.