Helmet Safety

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.
Additional Resources

Injury Prevention

Preventing Injuries

Injuries are one of the leading causes of hospitalization and death of young children. In many cases, these injuries could have been prevented.

To learn more about keeping children safe, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 or visit one of the websites listed below.


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