Tips for Avoiding Sledding Accidents
Each winter, both Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital
see increased numbers of adults and children come through the emergency
department doors with weather-related injuries. The
Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital urges parents and
children to use caution and stay safe when taking part in outdoor winter
activities by following these safety tips:
Parents should always inspect the sledding hill carefully. The
hill should be smooth and not too steep. It should also be free
of obstacles such as trees and rocks. It is very important that
the hill have a long, clear run off at the end.
Sleds that have some type of steering mechanism are safest.
Never use a sled substitute, such as a cafeteria tray.
Never sled towards a road or pond.
Always slide feet first, one person at a time.
Children should dress appropriately and always wear a helmet.
Read about more winter safety
tips for kids.