When the schools are closed and there’s snow on the ground, the first
thing kids want to do is go outside and play. Whether it’s building
a snowman or going sledding, playing in the snow can be a great time for all.
In the case of sledding, there are risks involved. Some states have even
gone as far as to ban sledding in certain areas. While sledding bans have
resulted in outrage from children and parents alike, with upwards of 20,000
kids under the age of 19 requiring treatment for sledding injuries every
year, you can’t overlook the danger.
If you’re taking to the hills this year, follow these tips to keep
your kids safe.
- Don’t just drop them off
If your kids are with their friends, it can be tempting to just drop them
off to avoid standing in cold temperatures. In the case of an accident,
it is imperative to have an adult there to assist.
- Make sure all sledders are wearing helmets
Sledding injuries often include skull fractures. Sleds can reach speeds
of up to 25 miles per hour, making injuries even more severe in the case
of a crash. Make sure everyone who is sledding wears a helmet, especially
if they are under 10 years old.
- Make sure equipment is in good condition
Make sure all sleds are free from all sharp edges and cracks, and look
for loose parts.
- Check the area
Before sledding, check the hill for bare spots, holes, rocks, fences, and
trees. Never sled near a frozen over lake, stream, or pond.
- Dress appropriately
To prevent frostbite and other injuries, dress your child in heavy boots,
a coat, and gloves and mittens.
- Never sled head first
Sledding head first can increase your child’s risk of head injury.
Always sled sitting or laying on your back.
If you follow these steps this winter, you can decrease risk of sledding
injuries. If you or your child has been injured in a sledding accident,
a Long Island Personal Injury attorney from The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. can help.