Crash Helmet Removal
The person holding the Head/Neck should be in control of this task. If at any time they are not happy with how the helmet is being removed they should stop the procedure
Open Faced Helmet
- 1. Remove any sunglasses, goggles or glasses before attempting to remove the helmet.
- 2. Unfasten or cut the strap at the clip/ring under the chin.
- 3. Ask another person to hold the head and neck carefully while you force apart the helmet in order to lift it off. Do not, under any circumstances, try to do this alone.
- 4. Remove the helmet with an upwards and backwards movement and make sure the head is released gently. (See note below)
Full Faced Helmet
- 1. Have another person hold the head firmly, preferably at the jaw. Do not attempt to do this alone.
- 2. Cut or loosen the chinstrap at the clip/ring and place your hands on each side of the helmet.
- 3. Your partner should support the head at the mandible and occiput.
- 4. Ensure that your partner is supporting the casualty's head carefully, and then tilt the helmet back so that the nose and chin are clear. Try to pull apart the helmet at the side.
- 5. Tilt the helmet forward to move up and over the base of the skull, and then lift it gently from the casualty, taking care not to move the head or neck unnecessarily.
NOTE: Helmets, by the nature of their design, are generally a snug fit. As such substantial effort is required to remove them. Be sure that the individual holding the neck and head is happy with their positioning before removal commences.
If cutting the straps allow enough length so that there is enough to grip securely
View PDF document here showing removal technique Helmet Removal
Thanks to Graham for his feedback