We’ve all been there. How much fun would it be to wear nothing, no protection at all? So freeing, liberating and somewhat risky, but that’s all in the fun of it right? And then you think, ‘if it’s not on, it’s not on’ and in that same second right in the heat of it all you also think ‘nothing can happen, I’ve done it before, all my friends are doing it’.
What if that one fun moment lead to a lifelong commitment that you could not walk away from? It nagged at you and woke you in your sleep all because in the heat of the moment you made a choice. A choice that lasts a lifetime. But what if you were misled in your decision making and you decided to use protection. You THOUGHT you were doing it right but the information you had was wrong?
Misleading? Wrong? What are you talking about? I’m talking about protection. You see when you go out bike riding or ride anything with wheels you need to protect everyones head with a helmet. Stay with me, it gets really interesting. So as I said above it can be liberating to go riding without any protection but that decision can most definitely be the worst decision you can ever make. The misleading part is that not all helmets are created equal. Just because they are sold in Australia does not mean they meet Australian safety standards.
It is sad and downright disturbing that this can happen and it IS happening. There are helmets on the market only to be worn at the park. Not the footpath and not the road, just the park. Why is this? Because it’s expensive, time consuming and difficult to achieve Australian Safety Standards. So those brands that do meet Australian safety standards have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into providing you with a kick arse helmet. When you buy a helmet with AS/NZS 2063:2008 you are buying a helmet that meets Australian Safety standards. A helmet that has been taken back to the drawing board most likely time and time again to meet stringent requirements. Yes they may be slightly dearer but look at all the work they have put in to their helmets. They obviously care enough and understand our laws to do so. So here I am doing my bit and letting you know what I know because education starts within the home. Us mums and dads, carers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends need to know what we are buying. We need to know we are protecting our kids. We think we are doing the right thing by buying a helmet but unfortunately that is not necessarily the case all the time. We need to be very cautious and check the labelling to make sure it meets Australian Safety Standards and not just assume its ok. That number to look out for again is AS/NZS 2063:2008.
We also need to teach our kids right from the beginning that when they hop on a bike, scooter, skateboard, balance bike, or ride skates or rollerblades that they HAVE to wear a helmet. The younger we associate them with it the easier it is and it is just second nature to them. Remember when ‘no hat, no play’ started in the schools? This is exactly the same thing.
There is a brilliant campaign that needs our support called #helmetsarecool. It is run by 2 mums absolutely passionate about educating parents and kids about the importance of wearing helmets. Unfortunately they were one of the first at the scene of a horrific accident in our local area where one child was killed and another sustained injury from colliding with a car while riding a scooter with no helmet. Our children’s heads need to be protected and it starts now in the home, no helmet, no play. Kids’ helmets are way funkier than they ever used to be BUT you’ve got to make sure you’re buying the right ones.
Both Kids on Abington and #helmetsarecool use Kiddimoto Australia’s helmets. Kiddimoto helmets are AS/NZS 2063:2008 certified. If you’d like to know how you can help and support the campaign, please visit the #helmetsarecool Facebook page.
Don’t risk it, if you’re going riding, you’re going to need good protection.
Kids On Abington no longer stock helmets and balance bikes, please head to the official Kiddimoto website to make your purchase.