The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute estimates that helmets reduce the risk of all head injuries by up to 85%. Although bicycle helmets are not required by law in Lafayette, Acadiana Safety Association strongly urges their use by riders of every age for every trip.
- Helmets should have a sticker indicating that they meet federally mandated standards. Look for a CPSC, ANSI, ASTM or Snell B-95 sticker.
- Helmets should fit securely: Low on the forehead, just above the eyebrows. It should fit snugly, but comfortably and should not move around on the head.
- Helmets should be replaced at least every 5 years or as soon as the child outgrows a proper fit.
- After a crash, the bike helmet should be replaced, even if it doesn’t look damaged.
- Parents can get more information from the National Highway Transportation Safety Association: www.nhtsa.dot.gov or by calling Acadiana Safety Association at 234-4640