Why Use Helmets?
Everyone needs to take steps to protect themselves from injury. Injuries are predictable and preventable. Wearing a helmet reduces the risk and severity of head injury. Prevention is the only cure.
Why use helmets:
- 88% of brain injuries can be prevented by wearing a properly fitted helmet.
- They absorb impact and minimize violent movement of the brain within the skull.
- They distribute impact over a larger area, reducing the chance of a skull fracture.
- They provide protection from the sun, reducing risk of heat exhaustion and dehydration.
- Be a role model and always wear your helmet.
- Children and adults need the same head protection.
- Have your child wear a helmet every time they ride.
- Fit your helmet every time you put it on (2V1).
- Replace damaged bicycle helmets. They are designed for a single impact.
- The law in Ontario requires all cyclists under 18 years of age to wear a bicycle helmet.
- Protect your brain. Put a lid on it!
Replace your helmet:
- After a crash.
- If there are signs of damage.
- If it is more than 5 years old.
- If the outside is foam or cloth instead of plastic.
- If it lacks a certified sticker inside (e.g. CPSC, ASTM or Snell).
- If it can not be adjusted to fit correctly.