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Do you remember the excitement as a child of waking up and looking outside to a lawn full of fresh snow? For generations, sledding has been a tradition among friends and family. Just like with anything else, safety is the most important priority of fun activities for children. While parents want their kids to have fun, parents also want to know their children are safe. This winter, follow these holiday tips for a safe but enjoyable sleigh ride.
A hill that’s covered in snow looks like a great place to sled. However, there can be unseen sticks and rocks under the layers of snow. As children slide down the hill, they can pick up more speed than expected, resulting in a crash. The dangers of sledding may not cross anyone’s mind until it’s too late. The reality is that it’s common for children to get injured with bruises, cuts, and broken bones. Even worse, sledding can result in head injuries that end with a trip to the emergency room.
First things first: picking which sled is best. From the classic wooden sleigh, to the Olympic skeleton sled, there are many different options. Try to avoid tubes and sleds that cannot be steered. If you can steer the sled, it’s safer. Another thing to look for is that the sled has rails to lift it off the ground. When you find the right sled for your children, it’s time for fun.
By: KayLynn P.