Bicycle Helmet Program
Riding a bicycle is great mode of transportation, it's fun and great exercise. Help prevent riding injuries by riding safely and wearing a bicycle helmet.
Gotta Brain? Getta Helmet! Oak Harbor Fire Department (OHFD) believes that wearing a helmet is important. So much so that we have a long-standing Bike Helmet Program. Helmets are available for children, free-of-charge. If your child already owns a helmet, OHFD personnel are available to fit the helmet to your child's head. For a free fitting or a free helmet contact Oak Harbor Fire Department.
Some great bicycling safety resources:
A helmet is only effective if it is worn, and is most effective if it fits properly. Learn more about Proper Helmet Fit (PDF).
Bicycle Helmets Save Lives
We believe that wearing a bicycle helmet while riding a bicycle can save your life. So much so, that we've partnered with local businesses and charitable organizations to provide quality helmets to children in need, free of charge.
Falls from a bike will occasionally happen. Cuts and scrapes will heal, but head injuries can be life-altering.
We Recommend Quality Helmets
High-Quality Helmets are not always the most expensive. The helmets we provide are:
- New, never used helmets
- Stylish, lightweight, and comfortable
- Feature top Microshell and large vents for maximum ventilation
- have Quick-release buckles
- Meet the CPSC Bicycle Helmet Standard
- Made in Washington
Bike Helmets Have Safety Standards!
A helmet should have a sticker that says it meets the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If the helmet does not have the sticker, do not use it.
Helmets Are Available in Different Sizes
Measure your child's head with a flexible tape measure to find the right size helmet and then spend the time to adjust straps and ensure the helmet fits well.
See the next tab: Easy Steps for a Perfectly Fitted Helmet.
The Right Helmet for the Right Sport
While any helmet is better than no helmet if you're serious about a sport, purchase a helmet designed for that sport.
Helmets for biking are designed differently than helmets for skiing or skateboarding.
Make Staying Safe "Cool"
If your child likes their helmet, they are far more likely to keep it on when they are riding. Let them pick the color and decorate the helmet with markers and/or stickers. Reflective stickers are always a good idea!
Be a good example. Children (and adults) should wear a helmet every time they ride. No exceptions! Even a short ride requires a helmet. If you ride with your kids wear your helmet too.
One Crash & Its Trash!
If a helmet has been in a crash, replace it.
Damage is not always visible, after a crash, the level of protection can be compromised. This is true for all helmets and is one reason we do not recommend purchasing a used helmet (it may look fine, but you do not know it's history).
It's important to take proper care of your helmet. Hang it when not in use and do not throw it on the ground.
Measure your head for approximate size. Try the helmet on to ensure it fits your head comfortably without rocking side to side. Sizing pads can be used to adjust the fit to different head shapes. Mix or match sizing pads for the best fit:
|Head Size (Inches)||Size|
|18.5 to 19.5||Toddler|
|20 to 21|
Extra Small (XS)
|21.5 to 22.5||Small/Medium|
|23 to 24.5||Large/Extra Large (XL)|
About the Program
The Oak Harbor Fire Department (OHFD) Bike Helmet Program provides helmets to children in our community who may not otherwise be able to afford one.
The program began in 1995, originally funded through grant funding from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. In 2013, after budget cuts and a change in program focus, the grant became unavailable. We've been keeping the program alive and available to our community by partnering with various charitable organizations.
I Want to Support This Program
We would truly appreciate your help with this program! Any funding amount would be helpful. To donate, please contact the Oak Harbor Firefighters Association at 360-279-4710.
Donations (checks payable to the Oak Harbor Firefighters Association) can also be accepted at Oak Harbor Fire Department at:
855 E Whidbey Avenue
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
My Child Needs a Helmet
If your child needs a helmet, contact Oak Harbor Fire Department at 360-279-4700 or stop by our fire station at 855 E Whidbey Avenue, Oak Harbor, WA.
Please bring your child with you, so we can ensure a proper fit. You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire and provide contact information.
You may also find us at community events (we often have helmets at National Night Out and the Home Depot Safety Fair).