Preventing Head Injuries on the Road

Your child’s safety is of utmost importance. This is especially true when you take him somewhere by motorcycle or allow him to use a bicycle, scooter, skates, or skateboard on the road. Don’t take his safety for granted and make sure he uses an appropriate helmet.

The dangers of NOT wearing a helmet

In road traffic accidents involving Malaysians below 19 years, 80.2% of brain injuries were caused by motorcycle accidents.

How to protect his head

Using the correct helmets can mean the difference between life and death, and can help to minimise injury.

Helmets must fit properly – comfortable and snug. Not tilting to the side, back or front.

For motorcycle, only use SIRIM-certified children helmets, NOT adult helmets.

Activity helmets (cycling, skating, skateboarding, scooter, etc.)

These are usually designed to withstand one impact and must be replaced. Strictly NOT for motorcycle use.

NEVER use toy or work helmets for road or activity use.

Observe the “2V1” helmet rule

  • 2 fingers between helmet and eyebrows
  • Straps should form a ‘V’ shape around the ears (activity helmets only)
  • 1 finger between chin and strap (helmet may come off in an impact if too loose; too tight can lead to breathing difficulties)

An educational contribution by Malaysian Paediatric Association.

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