Helmet Safety Program
In Ontario, it is the law for children and adolescents under the age of 18 years to wear an approved bicycle helmet.
When used properly, a bicycle helmet can reduce:
- Head injuries by more than 40 percent
- Serious head injuries by 60 percent
- Traumatic brain injuries by 53 percent
In order for helmets to be effective, they must be correctly fitted and secured.
To properly fit a helmet, it is best to follow the 2V1 rule:
- Two fingers distance from the helmet to the brow
- V-shaped straps around both ears
- One finger between chin and strap
The Helmet Safety program provides helmets and accompanying education to every pediatric patient who visits Children’s ED at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) as a result of a non-motorized wheeled sports injury.
Helmets may also be distributed to any child who needs one (as supplies last).
This Helmet Safety Program relies on partnerships with the Children’s Health Foundation and Helmets on Kids.