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Helmets

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Everyone should wear a helmet when bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, skiing, skating and playing hockey.  As of April 1, 2015 the all-ages bike helmet legislation came into effect in Newfoundland and Labrador.  All bicyclists will be required to wear a bicycle helmet when cycling on public roadways.  Parents of children under 16 are responsible if they knowingly allow their children to cycle without a helmet.

Helmets can reduce the severity of head injuries when worn correctly. All riders should wear a properly fitted helmet, regardless of age. Use the 2V1 rule: 2V1 rule (PDF):

  • 2 Fingers above the Eyebrow– A helmet should cover the forehead and sit at a two fingers’ thickness above the eyebrows.
  • V-Shape – Side straps should fit around the ears and sit in a V shape.
  • 1 Finger under the chin – Tighten the chin strap until one finger fits between the chin and the strap.

Choose the right Helmet for each activity, make sure it fits correctly and is certified (meets approved CSA standards). Never buy a used helmet. 
Some provinces have helmet legislation for various types of activities such as when riding an ATV, cycling or skiing. Municipalities also have regulations/by laws concerning helmet use. It is best to contact your municipal or Provincial Government for details. 
Model safe behavior. Regardless of age, everyone - adult and child - should wear a helmet!
 
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Updated Oct 9, 2015