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The summer months have arrived, and many Ontaians look forward

to this time of year, with long days of fresh air and sunlight. The

trees are green, the flowers have bloomed, and more people are

engaging in outdoor physical activity. Especially during the

pandemic, more families and children are out on the streets and in

the parks to get outside, exercise and just have some fun in the

sun. Riding a bike is a right of passage for children, and while

there are many benefits to cycling, there are risks too.

At Gluckstein Lawyers, we are proud to host the
Set 4 Safety Volleyball Tournament fundraiser, in support of
the Peel Helmets on Kids program. This program is a
community-driven initiative and is committed to making the streets
safer for hundreds of young cyclists. It does so by helping to fund
the purchase of helmets for those who may not have access to one.
Since 2008, we have provided over 8,000 children with helmets.

Each year, approximately 500 grade three and four students in
Peel Region receive free bike helmets through this safety
initiative, coordinated by the Peel Children’s Safety Village.
The cost of the helmets is covered through donations from members
of the Set 4 Safety Volleyball Fundraiser. Each of the schools
participating in the Helmets On Kids initiative also receives a
25-minute educational safety assembly at their school, presented by
Peel Regional Police and Peel Children’s Safety Village staff.
School staff select students needing helmets to receive them free
of charge.

Unfortunately, this year, in response to the ongoing pandemic,
and consequent school closures, Gluckstein Lawyers made the
difficult decision to cancel the fundraiser. Still, Gluckstein
Lawyers will continue our mission to keep the streets safer for
young cyclists. To help in this mission, we have put together some
great tips and resources to ensure we remain active, and that
children stay healthy and safe.

Bike Helmet Safety – Do Children Need to Wear a Bike
Helmet?

The short answer is yes. First, it is the law. Children under
the age of 18 years are mandated to wear bike helmets. For more
information about the cycling legislation, please click here.

Ensuring that your child is wearing a bike helmet is an easy and
effective way to reduce bike-related head injuries. Many studies
suggest that helmets reduce serious head injury, traumatic brain
injury and facial injury.

How Does a Bike Helmet Work?

A bike helmet has two components: the hard outer protective
shell and the inner foam lining. The basic function of a bike
helmet’s design is to increase the time interval required to
bring your head to a complete stop, and to spread the impact over a
larger surface area to minimize its effect. In other words, the
helmet allows an impact’s force to be distributed over a larger
surface area. The inside layer of foam is designed to absorb the
impact and reduce the effects on the brain.

A Good Helmet Has Five Characteristics:

  1. Approved Standards Label – Look
    for a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) label inside the
    helmet
  2. Stiff and smooth outer shell to
    distribute impact and protect against sharp objects
  3. Impact-absorbing foam liner
  4. Forehead protection
  5. Comfortable fit

2-V-1 Rule: The Right Fit

We know children grow fast. It is a common complaint of parents.
In order to minimize costs, they often buy things one size larger
so the children can “grow into” them. However, a bike
helmet should not be one of those things; it should fit properly.
To ensure that it does, follow the 2-V-1 Rule:

  1. Two fingers horizontally above your
    eyebrows
  2. The strap should form a V under your
    ears
  3. One finger between the strap and your
    chin

The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.

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