Helmets for bicycles, skateboarding, inline skating, scooter riding, hockey

Head injuries occur while cycling, skateboarding, inline skating and scooter riding. A properly fitted helmet helps protect your brain, dramatically decreasing the risk of serious injury by up to 80 per cent. This means that four out of five brain injuries could be prevented if every cyclist wore a helmet. Bike helmets can be used for inline skating and scooter riding. Skateboarding has its own kind of helmet.

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  • How can I tell if the helmet is the right size?
    • Helmets come in a variety of sizes. There are special helmets for toddlers (under age five) that provide more protection at the back of the head. Some children may outgrow the “toddler” size helmet before age five and should use a bigger helmet. 
    • Helmets come with extra padding that can be added to the inside of the helmet at the front or the back of the helmet so that it fits correctly.
  • How do I tell if the helmet is fitting correctly?
  • How do I properly fit a helmet?
    • 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 child's chin. 
    • Check the helmet fit every time.
  • When should I replace a helmet?
    • Bike helmets should be replaced after five years or a crash where the cyclist has hit their head. After five years, the plastics of the helmet dry out and may become brittle with age. 
    • Older helmets may not meet current safety standards. 
    • Bike helmets are designed to protect your head against only one crash. After a crash in which the cyclist has hit his or her head, the foam inside the helmet is compressed. The helmet should be replaced, even if it does not look damaged.
  • Why do I need a different helmet for skateboarding?
    • Skateboarding helmets cover more of the back of the head and will protect against more than one crash. Because falls are common in skateboarding, these helmets are made of material that is specially designed to withstand multiple impacts on the same spot.
  • What is a multi-sport helmet?
    • This means the helmet meets safety standards for more than one activity. Be sure the multi-sport helmet shows clearly what activity it has been tested for. If you have any questions, contact the manufacturer.
  • Is it safe to use a second-hand helmet?
    • No, it is not a good idea to buy a helmet second-hand. You may not know if the helmet has been in a crash, and you may not know how old the helmet is.
  • If a helmet is missing parts; is it OK to use?
    • No, you should never use a helmet that has missing parts. 
    • Make sure that all of the straps, adjusters and fasteners on the helmet are secure and are in working order. If the sliders or buckles on the side straps are loose, the helmet will not fit correctly and should not be worn.
  • Can baseball hats be worn under a helmet?
    • No, anything that could change the way a helmet fits should not be worn. 
    • Baseball hats, big hair clips and headphones should never be worn under a helmet. 
    • Ponytails should be worn low on the neck when wearing a helmet.
  • Does it matter there are stickers on a helmet?
    • Every sticker has some type of adhesive to hold it on, and adhesives have solvents in them that aid the sticking process. These solvents may make the plastic of the helmet weak. 
    • Only allow your child to put stickers on her helmet if you know the adhesive is compatible with the plastic of the helmet. If you don't know, it's better not to put the stickers on the helmet.