The thrill of riding down a snowy, icy hill can quickly turn from fun to tragedy. There are approximately 45,000 sledding injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms yearly.
TO PREVENT INJURY:
- Wear a helmet.
- Always supervise young children.
- Dress warmly. Wear heavy gloves and boots to prevent cuts and bruises.
- A steerable wooden sled with flexible metal runners is recommended for ages 6-12.
- Inner tubes, saucers, and Sno disks are not recommended because of their fast speed and lack of steering.
- Find a safe place to sled. Avoid steep hills, rocky hills, the street, driveways, icy surfaces, and areas with trees, walls, or cars.
- Sled ride in daytime and in well-lit areas.
- Tell children to NEVER ride in a sled being pulled by a vehicle or ride into a snowbank which may have hidden dangers.
- Never use alcohol or drugs while sledding or while supervising children who are sledding.
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