Nearly 500 Grade 3 and 4 students from 10 Peel District School Board schools will receive free bicycle helmets this month through Helmets on Kids, a safety program designed to provide education on and bring awareness to proper bicycle helmet use.
Helmets on Kids is a joint venture of the Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), Peel Children’s Safety Village, Peel Regional Police and the school board.
“This program initiative helps students receive helmets who may not otherwise be able to acquire one,” said Tara Regota, a board school support officer.
The program kicked off June 14 at Morton Way Public School. Birchbank, Brookmede, Eastbourne Drive, Fairview, Harold F. Loughin, Mountain Ash, Ridgeview, Silver Creek and Springfield Public Schools will also benefit from the program. Each will attend an assembly at their school presented by Peel Police and Peel Children’s Safety Village.
June is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Properly fitted helmets save lives, decrease severity of injury and reduce risk of brain injury by more than 85 per cent, the Canadian Automobile Association reports. By law in Ontario, every cyclist under age 18 must wear an approved helmet. The Brain Injury Association offers a bike helmet safety checklist here. Among other things, a helmet should not be too big or too small and the chin strap must fit snugly.
Helmets on Kids kicked off at Morton Way Public School. Peel District School Board photos.