Atrium Medical Center’s Level III Trauma Program and Middletown Division of Fire and Emergency Medical Services—both members of the Warren County Safe Communities Coalition—are urging Middletown children to wear their bicycle helmets this summer to help prevent injury. As part of its safety outreach throughout the city, the Middletown Division of Fire will be looking for whether children are wearing their helmets or not during summer months. Children who are wearing their helmets will be rewarded with a voucher for a free small ice cream cone!
Those seen not wearing their helmets will receive a voucher to pick up a free bicycle helmet while supplies last from Atrium Medical Center’s Level III Trauma Center, located at One Medical Center Drive, Middletown, Ohio, 45005. Helmets will be available for pick-up at the hospital between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays by calling (513) 974-4713 to reach Ann Brock, Atrium’s trauma outreach coordinator and Warren County Safe Communities coordinator.
“The Middletown Division of Fire sees this as a very important program because we often respond to children who are injured in accidents where they were not wearing helmets, particularly in the summer months. Any way we can help encourage children to wear their helmets, the Middletown Division of Fire paramedics are extremely interested in assuring this occurs,” said Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli.
The helmet safety program will kick-off Friday, June 30, at Atrium Family YMCA. The YMCA is hosting an Atrium Medical Center campus block party open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Y, located at 5750 Innovation Drive, Middletown, Ohio, 45005. There will be a free cookout for YMCA members, a YMCA open house for current and new members, and campus vendors with family-friendly activities. Middletown’s fire department and Atrium Medical Center’s trauma program will be at the block party conducting a bicycle helmet giveaway for block party attendees. Bicycle helmets were generously donated to Warren County Safe Communities for this safety awareness effort.
A safer bicycle ride starts with a properly fitted helmet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition to a helmet, those who receive vouchers and pick up helmets from Atrium Medical Center as part of this program in summer 2017 will also receive information from the Traffic Safety Administration about how to properly fit a bicycle helmet. Some bicycle crashes can be avoided if motorists and cyclists follow the rules of the road and pay close attention on roadways to each other, according to the federal traffic safety agency.