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SAFE SCOUTING


Wear It Like a Pro Action-packed activities at the upcoming Scout jamboree led us to ask Richard Bourlon, health and safety team leader, for some helmet-safety do’s and don’ts:


 DO follow the guidance and helmet regulations found at sites like cspc.gov.


DO DON’T


DO pick the right helmet for the right activity; helmets are usually not interchangeable. A bike helmet and a rock- climbing helmet are designed to protect against different types of threats.


 DO wear the helmet correctly—which varies, but typically includes a well-fitted helmet, a snug (and buckled) chinstrap, and a helmet free of damage and/or cracking. “To my knowledge, there is no helmet designed to be worn with a baseball hat under it,” Bourlon adds.


 DON’T think helmets are forever. Unlike football helmets, some are designed for one-time impacts.


DON’T mistake helmets for heirlooms. “If your father or mother wore it at your age, it’s time to get a new one,” Bourlon says.


 DON’T forget other safety necessities besides the helmet—examples include personal protective equipment such as life jackets, gloves, elbow and knee pads, wrist guards, and even appropriate clothing and footwear.


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S COUTING ¿ MARCH•APRIL 2013


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