Bicycle Helmet TIPS from CSA International
With the City of Toronto’s Bike Month 2010 officially scheduled to begin on Monday, May 31, an increased number of Torontonians will be taking part in related cycling activities. While legislation in Ontario requires all bicycle riders younger than 18 to wear a certified helmet, CSA International, a leading provider of product testing and certification services, encourages cyclists of all ages to use a certified helmet for head protection at all times. To help cyclists be safer this summer, CSA International is offering nine simple tips on what to look for in a bike helmet.
- Fit: Proper fit is essential for safety. Try bicycle helmets on before purchasing to make sure you pick one that fits comfortably and snugly.
- Stability: When the straps and comfort pads are adjusted, the cycling helmet should not move forward, backward or come off. It should sit level on the head and extend down to about 3-cm above the eyebrows.
- Ventilation: Look for vents that allow heat to escape, providing coolness and perspiration control.
- Attachment system: Front and rear straps should meet just below each ear when tightly adjusted. The chin straps should be snug without pinching.
- Eye care: Visors provide cyclists with additional protection from the sun and rain.
- Visibility: Brightly coloured bicycle helmets and reflective strips make the rider more visible in traffic.
- Replacement: Bicycle helmets act as shock absorbers, protecting the head by cushioning impact. The helmet is not designed for multiple impacts. Replace a helmet after it has been in a crash.
- Reputable brands: Be wary of potentially counterfeit bicycle helmets. Tips an item may be a fake include products priced well below market value or items that have spelling mistakes, poor graphics, or missing contact information. Before selling a helmet at a garage or yard sale, please check with the manufacturer or Health Canada to see if it has been recalled; please do not sell a recalled or problematic helmet.
- Certification markings: Look for the certification mark of an accredited certification & testing organization such as CSA International. A CSA certification mark indicates that the bicycle helmet has been tested and certified to the requirements of Canada’s only national standard for bicycle helmets.
For more everyday consumer tips and safety advice, please visit www.csa.ca/consumers/consumer_site/