“Injuries are Predictable and Preventable”
Cycling, scootering, skateboarding and in-line skating are fun and are great ways to get exercise. But it's important to stay safe. Children suffer injuries during wheeled activities because of a combination of factors such as inexperience, loss of control, lack of traffic safety skills, high speed and the tendency to attempt stunts and difficult moves. Read on for tips on how to reduce your child’s chance of injury every time they ride.
WEAR THE GEAR
- Ensure your child wears a helmet every time they ride - Head injuries are the leading cause of serious injury and death to kids on wheels. Helmets absorb the force of an impact by spreading that force over the entire helmet, reducing the impact on your head and brain. A properly fitted helmet will reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.
- People of all ages should wear a helmet when they ride. Parents, practice what you preach, wear a helmet and be a role model!
What’s the Law? In Ontario, cyclists under 18 are required by law to wear an approved bicycle helmet when riding a bike on a roadway or sidewalk. Legislation makes it clear to the public that helmets are necessary. In areas that have child bicycle helmet laws, there are 25% fewer head injuries from cycling than in provinces without legislation.
When buying a helmet…
Get the right kind. Choose a bicycle helmet for cycling, in-line skating and scootering. Skateboarders need a special skateboarding helmet that covers more of the back of their head.
Ensure the helmet fits your child.
- Check for the Canadian Safety approved stickers: Helmets sold in Canada are certified by CSA (Canadian Standards Association), CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), Snell or ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials).
Check the helmet for extra pads to help with a proper fit.
Don’t buy a used helmet. Most helmets are designed to work with one crash only and then need to be replaced. Helmets should also be replaced if they are more than 5 years old.
Teach children about road safety and help them gain the skills they need to ride safely.
- The Ministry of Transportation's Young Cyclist Guide has information on bicycle equipment, riding tips, and the rules of the road to help you teach your child to cycle safely.
- Children under 10 should not ride on the road. They do not have the physical and thinking skills to handle themselves in traffic. Children over 10 need to practice before they can ride on the road.
- Kids learn best from YOU - Get out and ride with your children and ge a good role model by following the rules of the road and protecting your brain by wearing a helmet.
- For more information please visit Parachute Canada - Wheeled Activities.