Sledding tips for winter safety

Posted on: February 8, 2017

Ohioans know that one day it might be 60 degrees outside, but the next day a blizzard could begin! Learn sledding safety tips now so you can be ready for fun with your family as soon as winter weather decides to reappear (again).

Check out these sledding tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Sled away from roads and motor vehicles.
  • Watch (or join in on the fun with) sledding children.
  • Sled feet first or sitting up to prevent head injuries, instead of lying down head-first.
  • Sled on safe hills/slopes that are free of obstructions like trees or fences, and are covered in snow (not ice).
  • Look for hills that are not too steep (slope of less than 30º), and end with a flat runoff.
  • Avoid sledding in crowded areas.
  • Sled during the day in well-lit areas.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 52,000 sledding, snow tubing, and tobogganing-related injuries treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctors' offices and clinics in 2014 across the United States.