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May 2, 2018

Helmet safety for kids

Did you know that head injuries are the leading cause of serious injury and death to children, particularly those not wearing helmets?

Knowing how to properly wear a helmet and which type of helmet to use when participating in sports and activities is very important to prevent brain injuries. 85% of brain injuries can be prevented if a helmet is fitted and worn properly. Parents play an important role in modelling proper helmet use and in helping their children play responsibly.

How do you know if your child’s helmet is fitted properly? Watch this video with Dr. Karen Bailey, pediatric trauma surgeon at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Our McMaster Children’s Hospital is a partner in the Hamilton Helmet Initiative, a group of community organizations committed to increasing helmet use and skill development to reduce brain injuries in children.

Additional helmet safety tips

  • Take care of your helmet to ensure it provides the best protection.
  • Store your helmet in a cool, dry place. Too much heat or cold can cause damage.
  • Before use, inspect your helmet for cracks, dents, cuts, separation between the liner and shell or any other damage.
  • Replace your helmet if it’s damaged or more than five years old.
  • Many common cleaners and sticker can damage your helmet shell and weaken the helmet.
  • Clean your helmets with soft cloth or sponge and a solution of mild soap and warm water.