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Helmet Safety

Did you know?

  • Helmets, when worn properly, can reduce the risks of injury to the brain by 88%.
  • About 75% of all cycling deaths involve head injuries.
  • The human skull is about ½cm thick (about the width of 3 pennies stacked on top of each other). Head injury can result in permanent brain damage.
  • There are helmets designed for all wheeled activities (skateboards, inline skates, scooters & bikes).
  • If you are under 18 years of age, you are required by law to wear a bicycle helmet. If you do not wear your helmet, a fine of $75 may apply.

How do I know if my child’s helmet is safe?

  • Look for a helmet that fits right and meets the safety standards!
  • A safe helmet will have a sticker from one of the following agencies: CSA, BSI, ASTM, Snell, ANSI or SAA.

The helmet is not safe if…

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  • It has been in a fall or crash.
  • It does not fit properly.
  • You have had it for more than five years.
  • It has any damage.
  • It is not designed for your chosen sport (skateboards, inline skates, scooters or bikes).
  • There are any stickers, paint, or extra decorations on it.
  • A hat or high ponytail is being worn with the helmet.

How do I know if a helmet fits properly?

Remember the 2 4 1 salute!
2 4 1 Rule

2 = Two fingers above your eyebrow to the bottom of your helmet.
4 = Four fingers (2 fingers on each side) to represent the V-strap around the bottom of your ear lobes.
1 = One finger between the strap and your chin.

A properly fitted helmet should not wobble on your head.

How do I get my child to wear a helmet?

  • Start the habit early.
  • Get your child to help choose a helmet that is comfortable and appealing to them.
  • Adopt a “no helmet, no wheels” policy.
  • Supervise children on anything with wheels until they are at least 8 years old.
  • Set a good example; wear your helmet.

Extra safety tips!

  • Your helmet and clothes should be light colored, to be seen better on your bike.
  • Install lights and reflectors for visibility.
  • Use horns/bells to alert others that your are coming.
  • Have mirrors on your bike so you can see what is behind you.
  • Wear knee pads, wrist guards, elbow pads and a helmet while riding scooters, skateboards and inline skates.
  • Try not to ride on major streets, in traffic or at night.

For more information call Durham Health Connection Line
905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729