Be im­pact aware

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QDo I need to re­place my hat if I’ve had a fall? It doesn’t look dam­aged, but is there a way I can tell? Billy Tasker, London

AIt’s re­ally im­por­tant to re­place your hat after an im­pact such as a fall, or if you’ve dropped it onto a hard sur­face, as it’s im­pos­si­ble to tell from the out­side whether the hat is dam­aged. The ex­te­rior might look fine, but the in­te­rior may have sus­tained se­ri­ous dam­age ab­sorb­ing the im­pact. Make sure you look after your hat care­fully, as each time it re­ceives any kind of im­pact, some of the pro­tec­tive prop­er­ties will be de­stroyed and you may later find that vi­tal pro­tec­tion is not there when you need it. The ex­panded poly­styrene in­te­rior of a hat is de­signed to pro­tect your skull by ab­sorb­ing the blow of an im­pact, but once the tiny bub­bles have been burst, they can­not ab­sorb any fur­ther blows, leav­ing you po­ten­tially much less pro­tected. With care, a good hat will last for sev­eral years, but think about bud­get­ing for a new hat when your ex­ist­ing one is four to five years old. Even though your hat’s safety stan­dards might still be cur­rent, the pro­tec­tive liner and in­ner pad­ding will grad­u­ally have started to de­te­ri­o­rate. Hats should fit snugly, so if there’s no longer a firm, even pres­sure around your en­tire head, it’s time to re­place it.

If your hat re­ceives an im­pact, it needs re­plac­ing

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