Winter has finally arrived and it’s time to dig the kids sleds out of the garage and onto a nice fresh snow covered hill.
I thought I would put together for you a few sledding tips to ensure that not only are you having fun, but are staying safe in the process.
Sledding Safety And Why It’s Important
Sledding injuries sends thousands of people to the emergency room each year. Sledders are more likely to be injured in a collision that skiers or snowboarders. More than half of all sledding injuries are head injuries, which can be extremely serious and sometimes even fatal.
Make Sure You Choose The Right Hill
- Select a hill that is not to steep and has a long flat area at the bottom for you to glide to a stop.
- Avoid hills that end near a street or parking lot.
- Avoid hills that end near ponds, trees, fences or other hazards.
- Make sure the hill is free of obstacles (jumps, bumps, rocks, poles or trees)
- Make sure the hills are snowy, not icy.
- Try and sled during the day, if you must sled at night make sure the area is well lit and all potential hazards are visible.
Dress The Part
- Wear sensible clothing (hats,gloves or mittens, snow pants, winter jacket, snow boots)
- Try and buy waterproof clothing and boots.
- Bring a change of clothes just in case you do get wet.
- Avoid wearing scarves or any clothing that can get caught in a sled and pose the risk of strangulation.
- Wear a helmet designed for winter sports if possible, if you cannot find one at least try and wear a bike helmet.
The best sleds are made of quality materials, usually high grade plastic and ones that can be steered by their riders. Avoid sleds such a tubes and saucers, and never ever substitute a lunch tray, plastic bag or cardboard box.
A Few Safety Rules To Remember
- Designate a go-to adult in case of emergencies.
- Always sit face-forward on your sled.
- Do not go down hill face first as this greatly increases the risk of head injury.
- Never ride a sled that is being pulled by a motor vehicle.
It is most unlikely that you will be seriously injured while sledding but the possibility does exist. Just take the time to dress properly and follow these safety guidelines I have laid out for you. Sledding can be lots of fun, be prepared and stay safe!
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