Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tips For A Safer Sledding

Winter will be here soon! And of course, many kids would be getting excited playing in the snow. But did you know that there are about more than 20,000 kids being brought to the hospital each year due to sledding injuries? (Based on the study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio)

So before you let them enjoy playing in the snow this winter, there are some helpful guides that can help you prevent and protect them from any harm and injuries.

First, be sure you have scoped the route. Check for any obstacles like trees, light poles, fences and away from the street. Also, check at the bottom of the hill if there is enough space to slow down and stop without hitting anything.

Never use powered vehicles to hitch the sled such as a car, ATV or lawn mower. It will put your kids at high risk of being injured because they can get pulled under the wheels of the vehicle. Always think this as dangerous!

Avoid using snow tubes and disks as well as these are also dangerous because they rotate. Kids might end up riding backward with no way to change course if you're into collision.

Never overload the sled unless it is designed for 2 or more people. More riders can also mean there's a greater chance that anybody will get knocked off the sled.

Make use of snowboarding or skiing helmets. They are the best ways to prevent concussions and other head injuries.