Are you taking your children sledding this winter? Here, we share safety tips that can prevent a tragic accident that could cause serious injuries.

Prevent a Sledding Accident by Following These Crucial Tips

preventing sledding accidentsSledding can be a fun winter activity with family or friends; however, the fun and excitement can lead children to make poor judgments and engage in unsafe actions. This can result in a tragic sledding accident, which can cause a child to suffer long-term injuries, like traumatic brain injury or paralysis. However, you can keep your family safe on your next sledding outing by following these safety guidelines.

Top Safety Tips to Follow When Sledding

It is important that you understand sledding safety procedures so that you can teach them to your children. This will increase the likelihood that they stay safe when you are supervising them or they are with other family or friends. Here are crucial safety procedures to follow:

  • Dress warmly to prevent frostbite and other cold-weather injuries.
  • Wear a helmet whenever sledding to reduce the risk of a devastating head injury.
  • Only sled in the daytime when visible to others.
  • Always sit facing forward with your legs extended forward or kneeling.
  • Never sled on a street, even if it is closed to traffic. 
  • Pick a hill with a manageable slope and avoid ones that are icy or have obstacles. 
  • Make certain that the sledding area and the area where sledders walk up the hill are separate. 
  • Always sled with children who are under the age of five and supervise children under the age of 12. 
  • Use an actual sled when sledding, and follow manufacturer passenger limits.
  • Be certain that the landing area is safe and has sufficient area to come to a complete stop.
  • Never attach a sled to a moving vehicle

In some cases, a sledding accident is just that—an accident. However, in other cases, it may have been caused by a property owner’s or other person’s negligence. For example, a property owner may have given children permission to sled on an unsafe hill on his property or a parent taking your child sledding may have been negligent in supervising him.

If your child suffered injuries in a sledding accident, you need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to hold any responsible parties accountable. To learn more, call our office or fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation.