With Fall upon us, we will all be out riding our bikes or doing other activities through the colorful leaves. Unfortunately, bike crashes kill l out of every 700 people and about 10 percent of those who die are kids. Almost all of the fatal crashes are in collisions with cars—and occur because of catastrophic head injuries. About 50 percent of all bicyclists do not wear a helmet.

Everyone needs a helmet, even adults. A helmet is worn, obviously to protect your brain and your neck. The hard shell makes it so you can skid on the street, and so your neck does not encounter sudden jerking movements.

However, in order to protect you from injury, helmets must fit properly. The first thing you should do is to check to make sure your helmet has an approval from a reputable organization. You should also make sure it fits snugly. You shouldn’t be able to move the helmet more than one inch in all directions. The chinstraps should be snug with the straps forming a V shape on each ear. The strap should also be fastened under your chin, not on the side or along your jaw. The helmet should rest approximately two fingers above your eyebrow.

If you are out riding a bike or engaging in other activities such as skateboarding, scootering or rollerblading, please wear a helmet to prevent injury and accidents.