Caring For Your Helmet

Taking Care of Your Helmet

CHECK FOR DAMAGE

DO NOT use a cracked or broken helmet or a helmet that is missing any padding or parts. Check for any missing or loose parts and padding before and during the season.

CLEANING

Clean the helmet often inside and out with warm water and mild detergent. DO NOT soak any part of the helmet, put it close to high heat, or use strong cleaners.

PROTECT

DO NOT let anyone sit, stand or lean on the helmet. DO NOT throw or drop your helmet.

STORAGE

DO NOT store the helmet in a car. It should be stored in a room that does not get too hot or too cold and where the helmet is away from direct sunlight.

DECORATION

DO NOT decorate (paint or put stickers on) the helmet without checking with the manufacturer, as this may affect the safety of the helmet. This information may also be found on the instructions label or on the manufacturer’s website.

Skateboard Helmets Skateboard Helmets

FIND A HELMET WITH LABELS THAT:

  • Have the date of manufacture in case the helmet is recalled; and
  • Say ASTM F1492 or Snell N-94 certified.

Those labels mean that the helmet has been tested for safety and meets safety standards for aggressive skating.

REPLACING A SKATEBOARD HELMET

Some skateboard helmets are designed to withstand multiple very minor hits; however, a helmet MUST be replaced if it has been involved in a serious crash or is damaged. Over time and with each minor impact, the foam inside your helmet will compress and will provide less protection, check the helmet
constantly for proper fit and protection.

Hockey Helmets Hockey Helmets

FIND A HELMET WITH LABELS THAT:

  • Have the date of manufacture in case the helmet is recalled; and
  • Say NOCSAE, HECC and/or CSA certified.

Those labels mean that the helmet has been tested for safety and meets safety standards.
If the helmet is not new, look for a label that includes the date the helmet was expertly repaired and recertified.

RECONDITIONING

Helmets should be reconditioned regularly by a licensed NAERA member. DO NOT buy a used helmet that has not been approved and recertified by a NAERA reconditioner.

REPLACING A HOCKEY HELMET

Hockey helmets should be replaced no later than 10 years from the date of manufacture. Many helmets may be required to be replaced sooner, based on signs of damage or wear and tear.

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