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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
Child wearing bike helmet

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.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit Parachute Canada.

Date of creation: February 26, 2013
Last modified on: November 25, 2014


1Parachute Canada (February 15th , 2013). Helmets- FAQ Retrieved from
2Middlesex-London Health Unit. (2012) Know your helmet salute. [Brochure]. London, Ontario: Middlesex-London Health Unit Retrieved from