TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD'S HEAD

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS​

Can I use a bike helmet for skateboarding, inline skating and scooter riding?

Can I use a bike helmet for skateboarding, inline skating and scooter riding?

Bike helmets can be used for inline skating and scooter riding. Skateboarding has its own kind of helmet.
Why do I need a different helmet for skateboarding?

Why do I need a different helmet for skateboarding?

Skateboarding helmets cover more of the back of the head and will protect against more than one crash. Because falls are common in skateboarding, these helmets are made of material that is specially designed to withstand multiple impacts on the same spot.
What is a multi-sport helmet?

What is a multi-sport helmet?

It is one that meets safety standards for more than one activity. Be sure the helmet shows clearly what activity it has been tested for. If you have any questions, contact the manufacturer.
How can I tell if the helmet is the right size for my child?

How can I tell if the helmet is the right size for my child?

Helmets come in a variety of sizes. There are special helmets for toddlers (under age five) that provide more protection at the back of the head. Some children may outgrow the "toddler" size helmet before age five and should use a bigger helmet.


Helmets come with extra padding that can be added to the inside of the helmet. Your child may need extra padding at the front or the back of the helmet so that it fits correctly.
How do I tell if the helmet is fitting correctly on my child's head?

How do I tell if the helmet is fitting correctly on my child's head?

Have your child shake his or her head from side to side and from front to back. A correctly fitted helmet should not move around when this occurs.
How do I properly fit a helmet for my child?

How do I properly fit a helmet for my child?

The helmet should cover the top of the forehead and should rest about the width of two fingers above the eyebrows. The side straps should fit snugly around your child's ears in a "V" shape. The buckles on the side strap should fit right under the ear. Buckle the chin strap. Tighten it until you can fit only one finger between the strap and your child's chin.


Teach your child to check the helmet fit every time.

When should I replace a bike helmet?

When should I replace a bike helmet?

Bike helmets should be replaced after five years because after this time the plastics of the helmet dry out and may become brittle with age. Also, older helmets may not meet current safety standards. 


Bike helmets should also be replaced after a crash where the cyclist has hit their head, as helmets are designed to protect against only one crash. Hitting the head in a crash causes the foam inside the helmet to compress, which reduces its ability to provide protection. The helmet should be replaced, even if it does not look damaged.

Is it safe to use a second-hand helmet?

Is it safe to use a second-hand helmet?

No, it is not a good idea to buy a helmet second-hand. You may not know if the helmet has been in a crash, and you may not know how old the helmet is.
My child's helmet is missing parts; is it OK to use?

My child's helmet is missing parts; is it OK to use?

No, your child should never use a helmet that has missing parts. Make sure that all of the straps, adjusters and fasteners on your child's helmet are secure and in working order. If the sliders or buckles on the side straps are loose, the helmet will not fit correctly and should not be worn.
Can my child wear his baseball hat under his helmet?

Can my child wear his baseball hat under his helmet?

No, anything that could change the way your child's helmet fits should not be worn. Baseball hats, big hair clips and headphones should never be worn under a helmet. Ponytails should be worn low on the neck when wearing a helmet.
Does it matter if my child puts stickers on her helmet?

Does it matter if my child puts stickers on her helmet?

Every sticker has some type of adhesive, and adhesives have solvents in them that help them to stick. These solvents may make the plastic of the helmet weak. Only allow your child to put stickers on their helmet if you know the adhesive is compatible with the plastic of the helmet. If you don't know, it's better not to apply stickers.
What are the helmet regulations where I live?

What are the helmet regulations where I live?

British Columbia – Helmets must be worn at all ages
Alberta – Helmets must be worn by those under 18 years
Saskatchewan – No provincial legislation
Manitoba – Helmets must be worn by those under 18 years
Ontario – Helmets must be worn by those under 18 years
Quebec – No provincial legislation
New Brunswick – Helmets must be worn at all ages
Nova Scotia – Helmets must be worn at all ages
Prince Edward Island – Helmets must be worn at all ages
Newfoundland and Labrador – No provincial legislation
Yukon – No provincial legislation
Northwest Territories – No provincial legislation
Nunavut – No provincial legislation


*For information purposes only. Please consult your local authorities for further interpretation and current status. For more information, please view Parachute’s legislation chart here

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