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A helmet should be worn
every time you ride a:

  • bike
  • scooter
  • skateboard
  • in-line skate

You can greatly reduce your children's risk of injury and death
by simply setting this rule -
It's simple: Wear a helmet every time, all the time.

Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and severe brain injury by as much as 88 percent.

Buy a helmet that will meet and exceeds current safety standards developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Look for the certification seal labeled on the helmet.

It's not enough to simply buy a helmet -
it should be properly fitted, adjusted and worn each time you ride


How to Wear a Helmet:

  • The helmet should sit level on your head and low on your forehead; one or two finger-widths above your child's eyebrow. It should not rock forward and back or from side to side.
  • Use the sponge pads that came with the helmet to get a good fit. The helmet should be comfortable but snug.
  • Make sure the front and back straps meet in a V-shape just below your child's ear.
  • Be sure all straps are equally tight when the chin strap is buckled.
  • Test the chin strap. When your child opens his mouth, the chin strap should be snug. One finger should fit between the chin and the chin strap when your child's mouth is closed.
  • Alert: Kids should not wear helmets on the playground (where the straps can get caught on equipment and cause injury)

Helmet program:


Helmets are provided to groups such as Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, elementary schools conducting bicycle rodeos and after-school programs. Amounts are limited.

We also provide helmets to patients in the DCH Emergency Department who have been hurt on a bike.

All helmets are provided with education from a DCH employee or outside agency who can provide adequate bicycle safety education, such as law enforcement or cyclists who have been through a certified bicycle safety course.

Contact Information


Driscoll Children's Hospital
Injury Prevention Program

3533 S. Alameda Street
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411

For more information:
(361) 694-6700 or call toll free (866) 886-5957
Fax (361) 851-6880

(361) 694-5000
(800) DCH-LOVE or (800) 324-5683


For TTY Deaf Messaging Connect to TTY Interpretation by dialing
(800) 735-2989

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