Sledding and Tobogganing
To keep these favorite activities safe and enjoyable, the National Safe Kids Campaign in Washington, DC, reminds parents to double-check that their family's sled is free of jagged edges and that the handholds are sturdy. Review the manufacturer's recommendation to see how many children can ride at once. Teach kids to always sit with their feet forward -- head and abdominal injuries occur more frequently when they lie down -- and wear a helmet. The best place to sled is on packed snow, not ice, in an area that is free of obstacles and far away from traffic. Pick hills that end in flat planes, and always examine the hill for tree stumps or rocks that may be covered by snow. A designated area where the entire community goes sledding is best.