This Version Posted: December 19, 2019

Use your head!

Wear an age-appropriate, proper-fitting helmet when cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding, sledding, skating, skiing or snowboarding.

Did You Know? According to Parachute Canada, the human skull is just 1 cm thick. The correct, properly-fitted helmet helps protect your brain by absorbing the force from a crash or a fall, dramatically decreasing the risk of serious injury like a concussion.

In Ontario, it’s the law that children and youth under age 18 must wear a helmet when cycling. Parents and adults should also wear a helmet and be good role models.

Choosing the Right Helmet

  • Follow the 2V1 Rule to ensure a helmet fits right
    • The helmet should cover the top of the forehead and should rest about two fingers’ width above the eyebrows.
    • Side straps should fit snugly around each ear in a “V” shape.
    • Buckles on the side strap should fit right under the ear. Buckle the chin strap. Tighten it until you can fit only one finger between the strap and your chin.
    • Check the helmet fit every time
  • Look for helmets that carry a sticker from a recognized safety standard group like Canadian Standards Association (CSA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or Snell Memorial Foundation (SNELL).
  • Replace a helmet if it’s older than five years, has cracks/dents/damage, or has been in a fall or crash.
  • Only Use helmets designed for your sport/activity.
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