Sledding Safety

Every year between 30,000 and 50,000 children across the United States are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries sustained while sledding. Follow these safety tips for a safe adventure down the hill:
  • Use a sled with a steering mechanism
  • Sled only on hills with a smooth surface
  • Avoid hills with trees, telephone poles, large rocks or fences on the slope or at the base of the slope
  • Avoid sledding on icy surfaces
  • Only sled in the daylight or on well lit hills
  • Sled feet first to protect yourself from crashing or being thrown head first
  • Be sure path is clear of obstacles and other people right down to the bottom of the hill
  • Keep arms and legs within the sled
  • Walk back up the side of the hill, away from other sledders
  • Wear insulated, waterproof boots and gloves and well-padded clothing
  • Protective helmets are a must, especially for younger children