Sledding is a great winter sport that can be a lot of fun as long as you do it safely. Like any sport sledding can be dangerous and injuries can result. Kids don’t have the experience to be safe yet so it is up to adults to help them stay out of harm’s way.
Snow is a major part of sledding so it also needs to be cold out. It is important for the body to stay warm for proper health so keep your child in winter clothing. Your child should be wearing a winter coat, hat, boots and hand protection when they are out in the cold weather. A snowmobile suit is idea since they are designed to keep snow out.
Your child’s sled should be made of a strong material that can handle going down a hill at fast speeds. It should also be whole with no cracks, jagged edges or holes in it. Your child should also be able to steer the sled before they start going down the hill so take a minute to explain how to steer and make sure your child can do it.
The sled hill should be safe before you let your kids sled down it. Make sure there are no rocks, trees or wire to hit among other objects. It is a good idea for you to take the sled down the hill a couple of times to make a trail for your child to follow. If you have never broke a sled hill trail you would be surprised how hard it is. It is easy to bog down and get stuck in the snow. The hill should not go anywhere near cars or roads.
If you are sledding with other people it is important to take turns going down the hill and don’t crash into each other. Sledding crashes can be very serious since you can cause bodily damage and or damage the sleds. Crashing into a friend is no laughing matter and it should be stressed to everyone on the hill not to do it.
Down hill sleds are not designed to be pulled behind a vehicle and it is never safe to drag a sled behind one including a snowmobile.
You should only sled when it is daylight out or on a very well lit hill. To go sledding in darkness is a disaster waiting to happen. To learn more about safe sledding you can go on the net to http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/winter_sports.html#.