Bicycle Helmet Safety
A properly fitted bicycle helmet is important to make sure both children and adults stay safe while cycling.
Tips for Buying a Bicycle Helmet
- Look for a sticker inside the helmet from CSA, CPSC, SNELL or ASTM. This tells you the helmet meets safety standards which are recognized in Canada.
- Buy a helmet that is bright and reflective.
- Do not buy or borrow second –hand helmets unless you know they were not in a crash or they are less than 5 years old.
- Buy the right size helmet. There are special helmets for toddlers (under age 5) that cover more of the back of the head.1
When Should you Replace your Helmet?
- You are in a crash
- You drop it hard on the ground
- It has a crack in it
- The foam inside is falling apart
- It is 5 years old- even if it looks fine2
Bike Helmet Safety Tips
- Keep helmets free of decals and stickers.
- Avoid wearing items under the helmet that can affect the fit such as headphones, baseball caps, and large hair clips.
- Wear ponytails low on the neck. 1
- Read more on How to Fit a Bicycle Helmet.
For more information, please visit Parachute Canada.
Date of creation: February 26, 2013
Last modified on: November 25, 2014