Choose your head Contest

The Choose Your Head contest has now wrapped up. Thank you for all the entries and congratulations to the lucky winners!

On the Right Path Nunavik is proud to announce that 103 Nunavimmiut between the ages of 14 and 20 participated in the Choose Your Head contest. Overall, 86 participants answered the contest question correctly: Wearing a helmet can prevent…? And the correct answer was of course 70 to 90% of head injuries. Helmet use greatly reduces the risk of head injuries in the case of off-highway vehicle accidents.

The contest winners have been contacted regarding their prizes and to identify their head sizes. Helmets work best when they fit properly. A choice of colour was also possible (according to available supplies).
Since under the contest 130 helmets were available as prizes and since On the Right Path Nunavik is committed to contributing to the safety of all, it has been decided to award a helmet to all contest participants. This means that 103 helmets in a variety of colours are to be shipped to every community in the region.

Congratulations to all participants! Municipalities, schools and especially school directors and teachers should be acknowledged for their efforts to encourage youth to take part in the contest and for promoting helmet use in their communities. Special thanks are directed to Newviq’vi and Tullik (in Kuujjuaq), Northern Stores, Contant (in Montreal), First-Air and the Kativik Regional Police Force for generously contributing to the contest and making possible the distribution of so many helmets throughout Nunavik.

Be sure to send us photos of you and your new helmet so we can post them on our website and Facebook page. Check out our Facebook page to learn more about some new contests still to be announced and don’t forget to Like Us!

Quaqtaq helmets

My perfect helmet

Learning More about Helmets
On the Right Path Nunavik has chosen to focus on helmet use in 2014. A new poster designed by Pirnoma Technologies Inc. of Ivujivik will be disseminated this spring in the communities and more than 120 youth between the ages of 14 and 20 will win snowmobile or ATV helmets through a regional contest. On the Right Path Nunavik is also working to have helmets stocked in community stores or, at the very least, available through Internet ordering. Here are some tips and information to help you choose your helmet.

Certified Helmets for Greatest Safety
Helmets must be approved by one of the following certification standards: CAN, DOT, ANSI, Snell, BSI, ECE. These standards may be designated differently in different countries. Certification is a guarantee that a helmet has been manufactured according to specific safety standards.

Finding a Helmet that Fits
It is very important to wear a helmet that fits properly. And the best way to know this is to try it on. A helmet must encompass your face and should not move when you shake your head. If there is a little pressure on your cheeks, this is normal. The inside padding will shape itself to your face after a few weeks. If a helmet is uncomfortable or painful to wear, or leaves a red mark on your forehead, it is probably not the right fit.

If it is not possible to try a helmet on, you will need to choose an appropriate size in advance. Measure your head and refer to the table below for the corresponding helmet size. You can determine your head size by measuring its circumference, one inch above your eyebrows and ears. If you expect to mainly wear your helmet in winter over top of a balaclava, you might want to pick a helmet one size larger.

Circumf. (cm)

49-50 51-52 53-54 55-56 57-58 59-60 61-62 63-64 65-66
Adult Size ... ... XS S M L XL XXL XXXL
Kid Size S M L ... ... ... ... ... ...

 

A Helmet Adapted to Your Needs
Would you wear a hockey helmet to go bicycling? A motorcycle helmet to go skating? Or a bicycle helmet to go snowmobiling? Helmets are adapted for specific activities and should be chosen according to how they will be used: open-faced helmet, integral, modular, motocross, with a visor, with a heated visor, etc. To operate a snowmobile in winter, it may be appropriate to choose a full-face design. Heated visors can reduce fogging; although when temperatures drop to -40ºC, even heated visors are not truly effective. At those temperatures, a warm balaclava can be worn under a motocross helmet with ski goggles to avoid a foggy and icy visor.

Choosing a New or Second-Hand Helmet
To save a little money, you might decide to buy a second-hand helmet. The law does not prohibit the practice, although it does stipulate that helmets must “be free of any modification to or deterioration of the external or internal structure”. Unless you can be certain that a helmet has never incurred a major impact, it is wise to choose a new helmet.

Colour and Accessories
Statistics show that brightly coloured helmets reduce the risk of accidents because they make operators more visible. So don’t be shy about being original and choosing a bright colour!
Accessories can be useful (lights that hook to your helmet, tinted visors, etc.) and decorative (ears, crest or anything that makes your helmet stand out). Most accessories are authorized as long as they do not affect visibility or the structure of the helmet.
The same applies to paint. So that a painted helmet complies with standards, it must be painted by a professional with the appropriate materials. For example, some paints contain solvents that can affect helmet structure.

A Helmet: What is the Cost?
The price of a helmet can start at $60 and go as high as $500, depending on the type of helmet and accessories. Does even the least expensive helmet seem too expensive to you? Then maybe you should also ask yourself about the value of your head and how you would replace it if ever you suffered a head injury! Protection for your head should not be a question of cost.

In any case regarding helmets, it’s better to wear one than not!
Although helmets do not protect against all injuries, they do prevent a large many and they save lives: Helmet use reduces injuries by 70 to 90%.

casque Gmax Contant

For more information, refer to the links below: Sports et loisirs Avis, Aller à votre tête; Conseils pour choisir le casque parfait. (© Sports et loisirs Avis- in French); Protective Helmets Regulation (Québec); About Kids Health, Helmet for Injury PreventionCaring for Kids, Snowmobiles: Safety Tips for Families

2013: The Big Tour. We Did It!!

The Together on the Right Path Big Tour is finally done. We started on January 28 in Kangiqsujuaq and finished on May 3 in Kuujjuarapik. We went to schools in every community to meet with youth and talk about OHV safety, i.e. snowmobiles and ATVs or -- as commonly known in Nunavik -- skidoos and hondas. Our presentations were divided into two parts. A classroom part (about 45 minutes long) allowed us to talk about main the causes of accidents in Nunavik, as well as the consequences of accidents such as severe injuries, head trauma, paraplegia and death. The classroom presentation included two videos: one a skit performed by students from Kangiqsualujjuaq and the other an interview with the director of trauma services at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. The second part of the presentation was hands-on and took place in each school’s gym. A mini-road course and signs were set up for use with go-karts and helmets. The course simulated real driving experiences and was a fun way to talk about the serious issue of OHV accidents. Secondary students were also given a chance to use goggles in order to increase their awareness about drunk driving, i.e. driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We also did silkscreen printing in almost every school. The work done by the kids was very creative and their pride regarding helmet use could be seen loud and clear. Around 500 t-shirts have been printed with our Choose your head silkscreen drawing. Short presentations were also done over the FMs in almost every community to inform residents about the Big Tour. Some people called in to encourage us and give their support. The calls were very much appreciated and helped us to know we were…on the right path. The Big Tour was a big success!! Thanks to all school directors, teachers and staff who welcomed us and adjusted their schedules so we had a chance to meet as many students as possible. The prevention and awareness campaign is however far from over: you can now follow events on this website and Facebook for example. For everyone who asked “When are you guys coming back?” (I guess more for the go-karts than the presentations), I would hope that we’ll be able to do a community tour again in a couple of years.

Some neat statistics

  • The Big Tour presentation was delivered to about 1200 students aged 6 to 16 around the region. That represents about 10% of all Nunavimmiut! 
  • Around 1000 students had a chance to test drive a go-kart.
  • A total of 90 presentations were made.
  • 650 On the Right Path t-shirts were distributed.
  • 1500 postcards, 800 balaclavas, 900 stickers, 600 magnets and 210 posters were handed out in every community.

map tour 2013

Source: Makivik Corporation (www.makivik.org)

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