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Last Reviewed: March 2017


Helmet Safety

Helmet safety

Children like to play on their skateboards, scooters and in-line skates. While riding is a great way to be physically active and have fun, it is important to remind children to ride safe.

Head injuries account for 80% of cycling deaths. A helmet that fits properly and is worn correctly can reduce the risk of serious head injury by up to 88%.

Every wheeled activity requires a different helmet. Visit our website for detailed information about what type of helmet is recommended for each activity.

Helmets should:

  • Be approved by one of the following safety standards - CSA, CPSC, Snell or ASTM.
  • Fit level on the head, two finger widths above the eyebrows.
  • Fit snug under the chin, allowing for only one finger to fit between the chin and the chin strap. Side straps should come into a 'v' shape under the ear and lie flat.
  • Be replaced every 5 years from the date of manufacture.
  • Fit snug to the head (use sizing pads for adjustment).
  • Be checked for cracks by twisting the helmet as you would an ice tray and replace if damaged.

Wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads are also essential to protect against injuries such as cuts, scrapes and broken bones. When using inline skates, skateboards or scooters, these protective items should be worn in addition to helmets.

When teaching children about injury prevention and rules of the road, it is important to address the following information:

  • Ride in a straight line on the right hand side of the road, in the same direction as traffic.
  • Stop at all stop signs and red lights. Look all ways to see if the road is clear before proceeding.
  • Always look over your shoulder to see behind you before turning or moving out on the road.
  • When turning, remember to stop and signal first.
  • Always look ahead down the road to see if there may be danger ahead.
  • Practise these and other handling skills away from traffic in a large, flat area.

For more information:

Region of Peel - Public Health
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
to speak with a Public Health Nurse

Caledon residents call free of charge at 905-584-2216

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Revised: Thursday June 22 2017


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