Helmets in Ontario: What You Need to Know
In this post, we'll cover three basic areas: helmet law in Ontario, Canada; how to fit a bicycle helmet properly for both kids and adults; when to purchase a new helmet.
1) Helmet Law in Ontario
Under provincial law, anyone under 18 years old must wear an approved bicycle helmet when riding on any road or public bike path in Ontario. It is also illegal for parents and guardians to allow their children under age 16 to ride without wearing a properly fitted and fastened helmet. The fines for violating these laws are $75 per person, and failure to pay can result in additional penalties such as suspension of driving privileges or vehicle impoundment.
2) How To Fit A Bicycle Helmet Properly
Properly fitting a bike helmet is essential for ensuring your safety while riding. For an adult-sized helmet, make sure it fits snugly on your head with no more than 1-2 fingers width between your eyebrows and the front edge of the helmet. If you're fitting a child's helmet, look for one with adjustable straps and padding so it can grow with them as they get older. Adjust the strap so that it fits securely around their chin but not too tight that it causes discomfort—you should be able to fit two fingers between their chin and the strap.
3) When To Purchase A New Helmet
If you have been involved in an accident where your bike or helmet has been damaged, you should replace both immediately regardless of whether you think they are still safe or not. Additionally, if your helmet is more than five years old or if there is visible damage (such as cracks) then you should replace it right away as well—even if they seem to be functioning properly at first glance! Finally, if your helmet has been exposed to extreme temperatures (such as being left out in direct sunlight) then replacing it might be necessary due to possible changes in materials over time which could affect performance when needed most during an accident situation.
Knowing the laws governing helmets will help keep everyone safer on roads and public paths while also avoiding costly fines from breaking those laws. It’s also important that everyone knows how to fit a bicycle helmet properly by making sure it sits snugly on their head without being uncomfortable as well as when they should purchase new ones due to age or signs of wear-and-tear over time! Keeping these tips in mind will help ensure that everyone remains safe while enjoying cycling activities throughout Ontario!