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Use your head – wear a helmet
Helmets are the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes and other sports on the move.
Fitting a helmet
Eyes – Put the helmet on your head. Look up. You should see the bottom rim of the helmet.
Ears – Make sure the straps form a "v" under your ears when buckled. The straps should be a little tight but comfortable.
Mouth – Open your mouth as wide as you can. Does the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten the straps.
Wheeled sport safety tips
Wearing a helmet can reduce severe brain injury by 88 percent.
- Make it a habit for the whole family to wear a helmet – from the tricycle rider to the adult role model
- Set a rule – no helmet, then no bike, skateboard, scooter, skates or sled
- Wear the correct helmet and gear for the sport
- Remember wrist guards and knee pads also prevent injuries
- Use the right size equipment, not something your child will grow into
- Help your child learn the skills needed to enjoy the sport safely
- Supervise your child until he or she is ready to go on his or her own
- Follow safety rules and traffic laws