Wearing a bike helmet every time you ride your bike can save your life. It can also lower your risk of a head injury by 40%, and lower your risk of a serious head injury by 60%.
A properly fitted helmet is the best protection for your head. Below is a checklist to help you buy and fit a bike helmet.
Buying a helmet for biking
Before buying my helmet:
- I measure around my head at eyebrow level to know what size of helmet to look for.
- I decide which type of helmet I need:
- a bike helmet, since I will just use it for biking.
- a multi-sport helmet that is approved for biking, since I want a helmet I can use for biking as well as for other activities (such as skateboarding or inline-skating).
I will read the helmet manufacturer’s guidelines and manuals to know which activities the helmet can be used for.
- I try on different styles and brands of helmets to find the best fit.
- I check that the helmet is safety approved for cycling and meets safety standards such as CSA, CPSC, Snell, or ASTM.
Using my helmet
- I wear my helmet every time I ride a bike.
- I don’t wear a hat or cap between my helmet and my head.
- I treat my helmet carefully and never drop it..
- I follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to store my helmet.
Replacing my helmet
- I replace my helmet if it's been in a crash.
- Many helmet manufacturers recommend replacing helmets after 5 years.
More about bike helmets
- The manufacturer’s instructions tell you exactly how to use and take care of a helmet.
- Bike helmets protect riders of all ages. It's the law in Alberta that everyone younger than age 18 years must wear a helmet. The law is for both riders and passengers, including children in bicycle trailers or carriers.
- Adults should always wear their helmet. Being a positive role model helps to ensure that children will wear their helmets too.
- Adults, youth, and children who choose their own bike helmet are more likely to wear it every time.
- Second-hand or used helmets are not recommended.
Wear a helmet for every ride. Age makes no
difference—helmets save lives!