Sledding Injury Facts
Bruises, cuts and broken bones are the most common injuries; while head and neck injuries are common among children 6 years old or younger. Injuries often occur when the sled hits a stationary object or when the child falls off the sled.
Before You Sled...
- Before hitting the sledding hill, make sure children are dressed warmly and are wearing hats, gloves and boots.
- It's a good idea for all children, but especially young children, to wear a helmet when sledding. This will help prevent dangerous head and neck injuries. Bicycle or multi-sport helmets are both good options.
- Select a sled that can be steered away from stationary objects. Avoid flat sheet sleds, snow discs, inner-tubes and toboggans.
- Children should always be accompanied by an adult when sledding for supervision and in case of emergency.
- Avoid sledding in areas with trees, fences, light poles or rocks.
- Always go down the hill feet first.
- Learn to stop and turn the sled using your feet to prevent accidents.
- Do not overload your sled with more passengers than it can handle.
- Do not sled in a street or on a highway.
- NEVER ride a sled being pulled by a car, ATV, snowmobile or other motorized vehicle.
- Avoid sledding in driveways, hills or slopes that end in a street, parking lot, river or pond.
- The best place to use a tube is in a designated tubing park. as they are difficult to steer.