Sledding Safety Tips [VIDEO]
Old man winter gave us a healthy dose of the white stuff recently, a blessing for winter sports enthusiasts still haunted by the memory of last years mostly snowless season. Snowmobilers, skiers, snowboarders and sledders will be out in full force this weekend and safety–especially for the kids–should be of paramount concern. How about some safety tips before putting that sled down on the top of the hill.
Here are some common sense tips from Parenting.com
Make sure the hill–and the space at the bottom of it–is completely clear of trees, fences, utility poles, and other obstacles.
Consider a helmet. The head was the most common area of the body to get hurt–accounting for 34 percent of all sledding injuries.
Get out of the way. Make sure your child knows that once his run is done, he should quickly move to the side, out of the other sledders’ way.
Take Turns! The more people you have jetting down the same hill at once, the greater the chance of colliding with one of them–and that can be just as harmful as running into a tree.
If you need more convincing take a look at this scene from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”.