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Always Wear a Helmet!

A bicycle crash can happen at any time; however, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, a properly fitted bicycle helmet reduces the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent. The following are tips to help ensure the correct helmet fit.

* The helmet should be level on the head, and it must cover the forehead.
* The Y of the straps should meet just below the ear.
* The chin strap should be snug against the chin so that when you open the mouth very wide, the helmet pulls down a little.
* Put your palm on the front of the helmet, and push up and back. If it moves more than an inch, more fitting is required.
* Shake your head around. If the helmet dislodges, work on the strap adjustments.
* Do not wear a hat under the helmet.
* All helmets sold in bike shops must be approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and should carry a CPSC sticker.