Be Safe While Sledding On Wyoming’s Hills
It's one of the easiest, cheapest, most inclusive and exciting things to do on a good snow day.
The sledding process is simple.
- Climb the hill
- Sit on sled
- Slide down the hill
That's pretty much it. Anyone can go sledding and have a great time doing it.
It's the part leading up to the sledding fun that is extremely important.
- Wearing the correct clothing
- Having the proper gear
- Finding the perfect spot
- Knowing the proper safety rules
Kidshealth.org has offered a list of safety tips that you can teach your kids to help lower the risk of injury while sledding.
- Choosing a safe sled - one with steering and braking capabilities are best. If not, teach how to roll off sled if it won't stop
- Wear a helmet - Winter sports helmet or even a bike helmet will work
- Warm/ safe clothing - snow pants, winter jacket, snow boots, gloves and hats. Avoid scarfs as they can get caught under the sled
Find a safe spot -
- Find a hill not too steep and has a long landing area at the bottom
- Avoid hills that end near roads or parking lots
- Avoid hills that end near water sources, trees or fences
- Make sure the hill doesn't have rocks, bumps, trees, or poles in the sledding area
Sledding Safety -
- Have an adult present in case of injury
- Kids under 5 should sled with an adult
- Kids 12 and under should be watched at all times
- Face SITTING forward while sledding downhill. Never go head first or stand on a sled
- Go down one at a time
- Don't build ramps
- Keep arms and feet in sled
- Walk up the side of the sledding area
- Don't pull a sled behind a moving vehicle.
Dr. David Mooney, Director of Trauma at Boston Children's Hospital, likes to use the 6 'S's' of Sledding Safety.
- Slope - Pick the right hill for sledding
- Snow - Avoid sledding on ice or hard packed snow. Fresh snow is best
- Sled - Pick the right sled
- Sit - Always sit on a sled
- Sun - Avoid sledding at night
- Snowsuit - Proper dress is important.