Playing hard can sometimes mean falling hard. Renown Children's Hospital aims to educate kids and families about how to prevent head injuries with the Save Your Skull program. Save Your Skull is a year-round program that promotes seatbelt, helmet and pedestrian safety as well as teaches kids about the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence.

Save Your Skull at School

Our program safety experts are also available to make a presentation at your school or other community event.

For questions, more information or to schedule a presentation, contact 775-982-5652.

General Advice on Helmet Use

  • Replacement of helmets is recommended every 5 years. The materials used in the helmet break down over time.
  • Check your child’s helmet before each season. Children grow rapidly, so make sure the helmet it still fits properly.
  • Helmets are made for single-impact ONLY! If you take a hard fall, replace it.
  • Buy a helmet that meets industry standards. There are various helmet standards in place including CEN - the least rigorous standard - ASTM and Snell - far and away the most rigorous and hard-to-meet standard for certification. Be sure to review product literature for the helmet to find out which standard the helmet meets.


Helmet Tips for Skiing & Snowboarding

  • Place helmet on the head until the front edge extends down to about an inch from the top of the eyebrows.
  • Make sure the helmet fits the head snugly from side to side and from front to back.
  • In the event the helmet does not fit well, sizing pads can be used to make minor adjustments. Adjust the straps to ensure a custom-fit feel.
  • When properly placed, the helmet should not easily "roll" forward or backward. It should not be removable without unbuckling the strap.
  • Get a helmet that fits now. Don't plan on growing into it. Work with a knowledgeable salesperson at a reputable store regarding appropriate fit for a helmet and to answer your questions.
  • Bring your child's or your goggles in when you buy your helmet. A well-fitting system will provide great protection for the face and forehead from cold wind and snow and still allow adequate ventilation for the goggles.


Helmet Tips for Skateboarding

  • Always wear a helmet when you're skateboarding.
  • Skateboarding helmets are made especially for the sport, with more head coverage than a bicycle helmet and the ability to withstand a large number of impacts.
  • Skateboard helmets should meet the ASTM F1492 safety standard. Look for a sticker on the helmet when shopping.
  • If the helmet doesn't fit, it can easily fall off. Always try a helmet on for size before you buy.
  • Don't use a skateboard helmet for bike riding unless it has a CPSC sticker certifying that it is also safe for cycling.


Helmet Tips for Cycling & Scooters

  • Always wear a helmet when you ride a bike or scooter.
  • When buying a helmet, make sure it has a sticker showing that it meets the standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • As long as they're CPSC certified, inexpensive helmets can be just as safe as more expensive models, as long as the helmet fits correctly.
  • A brightly colored helmet will make you more visible while riding.
  • Replace a helmet after any impact or crash.
  • Don't use a bike helmet for skateboarding. While safety standards for bicycle helmets and inline skating helmets are the same, they don't meet the safety standards for skateboarding.
  • Always remove your helmet before playing on a playground. Straps can get caught on playground equipment and cause injury.


Pedestrian Safety

Every year, more than 39,000 children are hurt in pedestrian injuries. Here are some simple safety tips to teach your kids:

  • If your children need to use a cell phone, make sure they stop walking and find a safe area to talk. Same thing goes for using headphones.
  • Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Don’t jaywalk!
  • It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Teach your children to look to their left, right and left again when crossing the street. Be sure they know they should never run or dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them and pay special attention to cars that are turning or backing up.


Distracted Driving

For teenagers, there are many possible distractions when they get behind the wheel. Nowadays almost every teen has a cell phone or a portable music device, not to mention drive with friends in the car. These are driving distractions and if not properly addressed, could be the cause of an accident to your teen driver or another vehicle.