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Health Tip: Sledding Safely

- Sledding may be a long-anticipated part of a child's winter fun, but it also can lead to injuries.

Follow these safety tips to prevent accidents, courtesy of the National Safety Council:

  • Before use of any sled or toboggan, parents should carefully inspect them for any broken parts or sharp pieces.
  • Children who are 8 years old or younger shouldn't sled unsupervised.
  • Dress warmly and in layers, including a hat and gloves.
  • Sled only in wide-open areas that are far from lakes, roads and traffic.
  • Don't sled down extremely steep hills.
  • Don't sled in areas with trees, rocks, shrubs and other potential obstacles.
  • Don't sled down a hill head-first -- always feet-first.
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Posted: November 2007