WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Sledding Safety

By: Ninette Sosa
By: Ninette Sosa

With much of the nation blanketed in snow, many are venturing out to go sledding.

Ninette Sosa offers some tips on how to stay safe as you enjoy the snow.

Sledding can be lots of fun, but it can also be dangerous.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 20,000 children end up in the emergency room each year with sledding related injuries.

Following a few safety tips can help keep you out of harm's way as you head downhill.

It's important to chose the right hill. Make sure your spot is free of trees, rocks or other hazards that could impede your path. Try to stick with a hill that isn't too steep and has a long flat area at the bottom.

Remember to always wear a helmet and sit with your feet forward on the sled, going down face first greatly increases the risk of head injury.

The best sleds are ones that can be steered and have brakes. So avoid saucer-like sleds or plastic toboggans and if you have a child aged 5 or younger, be sure an adult is in the sled with him.

Take the time to bundle up before you go outdoors - hats, mittens and a waterproof jacket can help keep you warm and dry.

And as you head back up for another run, remember to make room for other sledders.

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Ninette Sosa.

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