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Keep your kids safe while playing hockey

With team play and lots of action, hockey is a great way to get your children active. However, it is important to keep safety in mind. Prevent your hockey star from head and eye injuries by making sure that they wear the proper safety equipment.

Tips when buying hockey equipment:

• Hockey helmets must be in good condition and include a chinstrap.

• Make sure the equipment fits properly. Hockey helmets should be snug to prevent shifting and should also be comfortable.

• If you purchase a face protector separately from the helmet, make sure you have all of the parts and instructions for proper installation.

• Check product recalls for helmets or other sports equipment.

Did you know that 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. As well, hockey helmets must 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 while playing hockey can be found online at Canada.ca.

http://www.newscanada.com

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