The Richland Hospital Inc. considers the public safety of our patients and visitors. We offer the following series of Health & Safety Tips to educate families about ways to improve safety while at home, away from home and in a motor vehicle.


Bicycle Safety


Bicycling Accident Facts

  • Children between the ages of 10 and 14 have the highest death rate.
  • Nine of ten bicycling deaths involve collision of the bicyclist with a motor vehicle, and most involve head or neck injury.
  • Male riders have a higher injury and death rate.
  • Most injuries occur during warm months and in the afternoon or early evening.
  • Children are often seriously injured when they ride out of a driveway, side street, or alley into the path of a motor vehicle.
  • Falls from bicycles are very common and they may result in serious head injuries or fractures.
  • Stunt riding, double riding and clothing entanglement also contribute to injury. The quality of the riding surface affects the likelihood of a fall.

Bicycle Accident Prevention

  • Bicyclists, especially child bicyclists, should be separated from motor vehicle traffic whenever and wherever possible.
  • All cyclists should wear a helmet. Most serious injuries and deaths are due to head injuries.
  • Carry infants in a special protective carrier that shields and restrains the child.
  • Avoid riding in the street or on the road (children).
  • Obey traffic rules when riding on the road (older children and adolescents).
  • Avoid riding after dark. If you do ride in the dark, add lights to your bike and wear reflective clothing.
  • The bike should be the correct size for the rider.

Bicycle Helmet Checklist

Buy a helmet that meets the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Snell Memorial Foundation.

Always do the following to ensure a proper fit:

  • Place the helmet directly over the forehead.
    • Tighten the chinstrap to keep the helmet from slipping forward or backward.
    • Only two fingers should it under the chinstrap.

* Wearing a helmet correctly is vitally important to the ability of the helmet to work. Wear the helmet regularly. This is the single most effective protection against brain injury.

Choking & Suffocation
Fall Prevention
Firearm Safety
Pediatric Injury Prevention
Heat Related Illness Prevention
Poisoning Prevention Tips
Prescription Abuse Prevention
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