January 2007

Toboggan helmet law urged

In the wake of the deaths of two children who were tobogganing, some people are calling for helmets to be made mandatory for tobogganers. Statistics on toboggan injuries from the Ontario Injury Compass, produced by the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre at SMARTRISK, are quoted in the National Post’s story of Jan. 23, 2007. The article notes that a 12-year-old boy near Winnipeg died of a head injury after the toboggan he and his brother were on hit a patch of ice. Then an 8-year-old girl near Montreal was killed when she crashed into a tree on her toboggan. Some municipal councillors north of Toronto suggest the province should look at making helmets mandatory.

Updated January 23, 2007