Marion County Health Department
504 S. Roosevelt
Marion, KS 66861
Fax (620) 382-8823
BICYCLE HELMET PROGRAM
FACT: A bicycle helmet reduces the risk of serious head and brain injury by 85-88%. But it’s not enough to simply buy and wear one – you need to make sure it fits properly.
Helmets available for free: The Health Department has received a supply of bike helmets for children and adults, from the State of Kansas, which are available for free, while our supply lasts.
BUYING A BIKE HELMET
1. Buy a helmet that has been tested and meets the uniform safety standard issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), or one or more of the voluntary bicycle helmet standards like ASTM, Snell or ANSI. You can tell this by looking for a label or sticker that says the helmet meets the standard.
2. Select a brand and size that fits well prior to any adjustments. Adjustable sizing pads are often included to help ensure a better fit. Buy one that’s comfortable and attractive. You’ll be more likely to wear it.
3. Buy a helmet that fits your child now, not a helmet to “grow into”.
4. Replace any helmet that has been involved in a crash!