7 Tips for Safe Sledding
WARM LAYERS & BACKUPS
The key to warmth on chilly days is layers. Bundle those babies up! And don’t forget to have extra gloves, mittens, scarves and socks ready and waiting to replace any that become soaked.
Always make sure a responsible adult is present at the sledding location. Accidents DO happen.
NO SLEDDING IN STREETS
You may live on a street that seldom sees much traffic. Still, little traffic is not zero traffic, and cars lose control often in slippery conditions. It may look like fun, but it’s just not worth the risk.
Here’s a formula to consider: high speeds + slippery ice + hard surfaces = _________________? If you guessed head trauma and related injuries, you’re right. If your children have protective headgear, please ask them to wear it.
OVERHEATING & BREAKS
All those layers covering a body hard at play quickly causes body temperatures to rise, leading to dangerous overheating. In addition, sweating leads to dehydration, and muscle fatigue and tiredness cause slower reflexes. Be sure kids take regular breaks to rest and refuel. Hot chocolate anyone?
SAFE RIDING POSITION
Feet first, ladies and gentlemen, feet first! Head first may look like fun, but remember that head trauma we mentioned a moment ago? 2nd riders should sit evenly behind first rider (providing the sled is large enough to accommodate a second), arms secured around the waist of the first riders.
Be prepared – they do happen. Always call 911 immediately for head, neck, back or collarbone injuries. Do not allow anyone to move the injured party. These types of injuries generally require special bracing and support to avoid further injury. Wrist sprains are a relatively common injury among sledders. Use your best judgment with these and all other kinds of injuries sustained while sledding. If unsure, consult a medical professional for guidance.
We rarely see snowy winter days like these here in Tennessee, so enjoy! You’re making memories that will last a lifetime. Remember, when your kids are finally too tired, cold or wet to continue, they’ve got a nice, warm, snuggly house waiting for them. Good job, Moms and Dads. Good job.
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