Consumer Reports: Tips on caring for your bike helmet

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If you're a bicyclist, then you know that taking care of your helmet is important, so 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney partnered up with Consumer Reports with some tips. (KGO-TV)

If you're a bicyclist, then you know that taking care of your helmet is important, so 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney partnered up with Consumer Reports with some tips.

A bike helmet is designed to absorb impact, but also needs to be lightweight to be practical so it can be vulnerable, which is why Consumer Reports recommends to handle a bike helmet with care.

When Jackson went shopping with his dad for a new bike helmet, getting the right fit was top priority.

Proper fit is critical. "When you look at the majority of people who die in a bicycle accident, the most serious injuries are to the head," Consumer Reports spokesperson Rich Handel said.

Testers at Consumer Reports say caring for your helmet starts with where you store it. Find a shelf in your house or garage where it's cool and dry. Never keep it in the car. "It gets really hot in your car, especially in the summer. It could degrade the foam, compromise the integrity of the helmet, or structure," Handel said.

Clean it with soap and water. Harsh chemicals like ammonia and bleach may damage the foam and the shell.

Be aware of any dents, even small ones mean the helmet has already absorbed some energy, making it less effective if you crash. And definitely replace a helmet after any crash, whether it appears cracked or not. "A bicycle helmet is designed to take one impact. That's it. One," Handle said.

These are all good things to keep in mind to protect your most important asset.

Consumer Reports said you should also consider replacing a helmet that is more than five years old, even if it appears undamaged and has never been in a crash. Some manufacturers even recommend replacing your helmet earlier than that.

And think twice before mounting a camera or anything else on the helmet. It not only could damage the helmet, but it could also pose a risk if you crash.

All Consumer Reports material Copyright 2017 Consumer Reports, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Consumer Reports is a not-for-profit organization which accepts no advertising. It has no commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site. For more information visit consumer.org.

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