from Safe Kids Canada to Encourge
Children to Wear Helmets
Helmets work: The trick is getting your child to wear
Bikes, scooters, skateboards and in-line skates are
popular with Canadian children. But it’s important to
stay safe, stresses Safe Kids Canada.
Head injuries are the number one cause of serious
injury and death to kids on wheels, says Amy Zierler,
information specialist at Safe Kids Canada. "The good
news is that a correctly worn helmet cuts the risk of
serious head or brain injury by as much as 88 per
In Canada, only half of children wear helmets while
riding a bike, even though bike helmet legislation exists
in five provinces.
"The best way to get your children to wear helmets
is to start early and get them involved in the
process," says Ms Zierler. She recommends these tips
to help your child get into the helmet habit:
1. Start early. Begin the helmet habit with the child’s
very first set of wheels (e.g. tricycle).
2. Take your child shopping. Let your child pick out
the helmet he or she likes. Bike helmets are suitable for
bikes, scooters and in-line skates; skateboarders need
special skateboarding helmets that cover more of the back
of the head.
3. Fit counts. A properly fitted helmet protects your
head better, and it’s more comfortable for him or her.
Try them on in the store.
4. Explain. Tell your child how a helmet protects his
or her head and brain.
5. Positive re-enforcement. Praise and reward your
child for wearing a helmet.
6. Be firm. Always insist your child wear a helmet when
he or she is out on wheels, even when close to home (where
the majority of incidents take place).
7. Be a role model. When you’re out on wheels, wear
your own helmet!
For more information about safety on wheels, call Safe
Kids Canada at 1 888 SAFE TIPS or visit www.safekidscanada.ca.
- News Canada
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