In the event of a crash, a properly fitted helmet can prevent brain injury or reduce severity. Your helmet should meet the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission or the Snell Memorial Foundation (N.J.S.A. 39:4-10.1). Helmets work best when they fit properly.
- – Click here to view a video on ensuring the safest helmet fit.
- – Learn about the New Jersey bicycle and helmet laws here.
- – Bicycle Helmets: In New Jersey anyone under age 17 must wear an approved helmet when riding a bicycle, scooter or skateboard. Get the facts about New Jersey helmet law here.
- – Horseback Riding: Few laws exist nationwide mandating the use of equestrian safety helmets, however they are still incredibly important to even the most experienced horseback rider. Brain injuries do not discriminate, there is no statistical correlation between skill level and injury likelihood.
- – Skiing and Snowboarding: New Jersey was the first state to require juveniles to wear helmets while skiing or snowboarding. Wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding can decrease the probability of a traumatic brain injury by approximately 35%.
There are different helmets for different activities. Each type of helmet is designed to protect your child from the impacts common to a particular sport. Click here for fact sheets on helmets for a variety of sports.