Now that we are finally getting some snow, kids want to do what they have been waiting all season to do. Go sledding!! Sledding can be fun an exciting and great thing to do on a snowy winter day. Picking the wrong location however, can prove to be dangerous.
I have seen firsthand what can happen if you choose the wrong sledding spot. Here are some tips to help you find the best place where you have fun and be safe:
1. Pick a hill with not a lot of trees. I have witnessed an accident years ago where a person on a sled hit a tree going very fast down a hill. She had to go to emergency room. Picking a open area such a high school field rather then a forest preserve is the way to go.
2. Do not pick a hill that leads into a street. One of the most dangerous things you can do is sled down a hill that ends to a street. Some hills have orange barriers that could protect you from cars. But some of that fencing can be flimsy and you can just go under it.
3. Sit on a sled feel first instead of head first. If you sit feet first you less likely to get a head injury in case you run into to other fellow sledders. Standing is also not a good idea on a sled. Snowboards are great for that kind of play.
4. Although fun, and i did it myself when younger. Sledding with inner tubes can be very dangerous because inner tubes go faster then a regular sled, and is much harder to control. It probably best to avoid inner tubes.
5. Wearing the right clothing also can help as well. Be sure to wear, hats, gloves and mittens as well as other winter clothing. Make sure all the clothing is dry and comfortable, as well as keeping strings and scarves tied to prevent
6. When sledding always have an adult with you. Children under five will need to an adult to sled to prevent injury
Sledding can be fun and is a great winter activity, it can be fun AND safe if you follow these steps! Have fun this season!