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June 26, 2017
Properly fitting helmets in good repair represent the number-one safety opportunity for cyclists of all ages. It is the law in Ontario that those under the age of 18 must wear a bicycle helmet while riding a bicycle. Unfortunately, cycling injuries are still common in children. Most severe injuries are to the head and are the result of three-quarters of cycling deaths.
Staff and physicians of the Trauma Program and Emergency Department at LHSC’s Children’s Hospital know that without a helmet, the chance of sustaining a severe head injury is greatly increased.
To promote bicycle safety, the hospital’s bicycle helmet giveaway program outfits children and teens who come to the hospital with a wheeled-related injury with a new fitted helmet. The program, now in its eighth year, is co-sponsored by the Children’s Health Foundation and Helmets on Kids Partnership.
Fitting your helmet: young and old
No matter what age, wearing a properly-fitted helmet is important.
And, remember to replace the helmet if you’ve had a hard fall or crash, even if there is no visible damage on the helmet.