How to remove a helmet

You should only remove motorcycle helmets if you need to gain access to the casualty’s face, in order to give rescue breaths or secure their airway. On some helmets there is a button underneath the chin. It allows to release the chin bar and push up the front of the visor. If you do need to remove the casualty’s helmet, it is a job for two people. That is because one person needs to stabilise the head and neck.  Meanwhile the other very carefully removes the helmet and avoids twisting the head and neck.

helmet removal First Aid for Life when and how to remove a motorcycle helmet


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Written by Emma Hammett for First Aid for Life

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