When you’re a kid winter is an amazing season – the holidays, breaks from school, hot cocoa, and especially sledding! So many fond memories start on the sledding hill, running and laughing to exhaustion. What we don’t realize when we are kids, however, are the dangers that come with flying down those snowy hills. Here are some things to remind your kids before they go out sledding, to keep everyone happy and away from the emergency room.
Only sled where there is a clear path. Make sure there are no trees, buildings, play structures, or other obstacles that could cause a collision. Collisions are the most common cause of sledding injuries.
Make sure your child knows to clear the way quickly after they finish their turn going down the hill. This way they won’t be hit by other sledders!
Consider having your kids wear helmets when they sled. Though the snow is soft, a collision with another sledder can get painful!
Be cautious about letting your kids ride a sled behind an ATV or snowmobile. Though it is a LOT of fun, it can easily get out of hand, especially with younger children.
If you are not actively supervising your children while they sled, make sure there is a trusted adult who is doing so. A licensed driver who responds to emergencies quickly can be a lifesaver.
A “sled pile-on” can also be fun, but dangerous! Try to limit sleds to one or two people at a time.
Keep this winter safe and happy for you and your children!