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Sledding Safety

sledding safety tips

Did you know that over 20,000 children are injured each year while sledding? Make sure your kids are safe while still having fun with these sledding safety tips.

Sledding Injury Facts

Bruises, cuts and broken bones are the most common injuries; while head and neck injuries are common among children 6 years old or younger. Injuries often occur when the sled hits a stationary object or when the child falls off the sled.

Before You Sled…

Before hitting the sledding hill, make sure children are dressed warmly and are wearing hats, gloves and boots.

It’s a good idea for all children, but especially young children, to wear a helmet when sledding. This will help prevent dangerous head and neck injuries. Bicycle or multi-sport helmets are both good options.

Select a sled that can be steered away from stationary objects. Avoid flat sheet sleds, snow discs, inner-tubes and toboggans.

Children should always be accompanied by an adult when sledding for supervision and in case of emergency.

While Sledding

Avoid sledding in areas with trees, fences, light poles or rocks.

Always go down the hill feet first.

Learn to stop and turn the sled using your feet to prevent accidents.

Do not overload your sled with more passengers than it can handle.

Do not sled in a street or on a highway.

NEVER ride a sled being pulled by a car, ATV, snowmobile or other motorized vehicle.

Avoid sledding in driveways, hills or slopes that end in a street, parking lot, river or pond.

The best place to use a tube is in a designated tubing park. as they are difficult to steer.

Source: NationwideChildrens.org