Sledding in safety: Tips for the slopes - FOX 32 News Chicago

Sledding in safety: Tips for the slopes

Posted: Updated:

Sledding and tubing can be a great way to enjoy winter weather. The joy of speeding down the hill can make it easy to forget that these activities can also lead to injuries. Taking a few safety measures can help keep you and your kids safe on the hills this winter.

Sledding Injury Facts

  • Injuries often occur when the sled hits a stationary object or when the child falls off the sled.
  • Bruises, cuts and broken bones are the most common injuries.
  • Head and neck injuries are common among children 6 years old and younger.

Getting Ready to Sled

  • Make sure children are dressed warmly and that they are wearing gloves and boots.
  • Sleds that can be steered are safer than flat sheets, snow discs and toboggans.
  • Always wear a helmet to prevent head injuries. Multi-sport and bicycle helmets are good options.

Sledding Tips

  • Teach children to have an adult with them when they go sledding.
  • Avoid sledding in areas with trees, fences and light poles or on rocky hills.
  • Always go down the hill feet first.
  • Learn how to stop and turn the sled by using your feet.
  • Have only the recommended number of passengers on a sled at one time.
  • Do not sled in the street or on a highway.
  • Never ride a sled being pulled by a car, ATV, snowmobile or other motorized vehicle.
  • Avoid sledding on driveways, hills, or slopes that end in a street, drop off, parking lot, river or pond.
  • Because they are hard to steer, the best place to use a tube is in a tubing park - often found at ski resorts.

So next time you and your kids hit the slopes, be sure to stay warm and sled in safety!

  • MorningsMorningsMore>>

  • Gold Ribbon Lemon Zucchini Muffins

    Gold Ribbon Lemon Zucchini Muffins

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:54:13 GMT
    Michigan State Fair Gold Ribbon winner and MSU Freshman, Alexandra Reau, makes her famous Lemon Zucchini Muffins on 'The Nine.'
    Michigan State Fair Gold Ribbon winner and MSU Freshman, Alexandra Reau, makes her famous Lemon Zucchini Muffins on 'The Nine.'

  • Can you pull a Lebron James and go back to your old job?

    Can you pull a Lebron James and go back to your old job?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:28:19 GMT
    If King  James can do it, why can't you? Would you ever return to a previous employer?
    If King  James can do it, why can't you? Would you ever return to a previous employer?
  • Vitamins: Can there be too much of a good thing?

    Vitamins: Can there be too much of a good thing?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:26:52 GMT
    Vitamins are 13 compounds that are vital for optimal health (hence vit-amin), but cannot be made in large quantities. 
    Vitamins are 13 compounds that are vital for optimal health (hence vit-amin), but cannot be made in large quantities. 
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices