Wear a helmet
To reduce the chance of experiencing a head injury, helmets should be worn when participating in a variety of sports.
Activities during which a helmet should be worn include ice skating, rollerblading, skiing, and bicycling. Activities that require a helmet for safety but aren’t as commonly used include skateboarding, tobogganing, riding a scooter, and horseback riding.
Being experienced at an activity or sport doesn’t reduce the risk for injury. Head injuries range from bruises and concussions to paralysis and death.
Selecting a helmet
Helmets are designed to protect the head from injuries associated with specific activities.
Specific helmets are designed for specific activities. Wear a helmet that’s been designed for the activity you’re doing. Be sure to replace your helmet after an impact and after 2 to 3 years of use, depending on wear.
Always try on a helmet before purchasing it. Never buy a used helmet as it could have already sustained an impact.
Helmets should have side straps that fit in to a V-shape around the ears. Only purchase an approved helmet (look for an ASTM, SNELL or CSA sticker inside the helmet) and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
If purchasing a helmet for a child, make sure it’s the appropriate size. Buy a helmet that fits the child now, not one they’ll grow into.