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Sled Safety Tips, Avoid Head Injury

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There may not be enough snow to go sledding yet but when there is it can be dangerous and lead to injury.

Researchers report as many as 20,000 kids are hurt sledding each year and injuries seem to vary by age.

Dr. Deb Lonzer of the Cleveland Clinic said "head injuries are more common in kids who are under nine and fractures are more common in kids who are over 10."

Following a few simple rules can significantly decrease your chances for injury.

  • Send your kids down the hill on a steerable sled. Snow disks and inner tubes are too hard to control.
  • You can improve safety by supervising your kids at all times and even going down the hill with your child.
  • Choose a hill that is covered with snow, not ice, and make sure it's clear of trees and fences.
  • It's also not a bad idea to put a helmet on your child when sledding.

"Realistically, for the kids under nine who are more likely to get a head injury, a helmet is not a bad idea," said Lonzer.

Taking the proper precautions can keep your kinds safe and go a long ways to ensure that a fun afternoon doesn't end in a trip to the emergency room.

"If you take all of the precautions that we're recommending and you carefully supervise kids, even going down the hill with them, they're much less likely to have a head injury, but if you really want them to be safe at home, it's not a bad way to go," said Lonzer.

Doctor Lonzer also recommends to not pull sleds along the street as it can be difficult for drivers to see you or the sled.

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