When worn properly, hockey helmets can help reduce the risk of serious head and brain injuries. Before your child takes to the ice this season, make sure their hockey helmet fits and meets the safety standards by following these tips.
- Check equipment each season. Hockey helmets should fit snugly to prevent shifting and should be comfortable to wear.
- Make sure the helmet sits low on the forehead (only one to two finger widths above the eyebrows).
- Centre the chinstrap buckle and ensure it gently makes contact under the chin.
- Tighten the chinstrap. Only up to two of your fingers should fit under the chin.
There are regulations for face protectors and hockey helmets sold in Canada. When buying a hockey helmet or visor, make sure it has the CSA mark, which is required by law to show that it meets the requirements.
Hockey helmets must also show the date the helmet was made. Helmets more than five years old should not be bought or sold as the parts and materials can break down with age.
To report an incident, contact the manufacturer or retailer. You are also encouraged to contact Health Canada.
More tips on keeping your child safe from the risks of head injuries from winter sports can be found online at Canada.ca.