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Safety Tips For Sledding Enthusiasts Of All Ages

December 7, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Safety Tips For Sledding Enthusiasts Of All Ages

Sledding in the wintertime is an exhilarating and fun experience for children and adults alike. However, there are some essential and vital safety tips that every sled rider should consider as a way to stay safe and free of injury. For example, when sledding it is essential to bundle up and stay as warm as possible. Frostbite is a real concern that can cause damage to the skin when it is cold and windy outside.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Winter clothing that includes hats, gloves, water resistant pants and shirts and heavy duty boots can go a long way in protecting the body from potential frostbite. Equally important is to consider wearing a helmet when sledding. Traumatic brain injuries occur each and every day across the country because individuals were not wearing some type of head protection or helmet. Even a bike helmet can be used in the absence of a traditional sledding helmet. Either way, the protection afforded the brain is well worth considering.

Sled During The Daylight Hours

In addition, those choosing to sled at night should exercise extreme caution. Sledding during the nighttime hours when there is limited visibility and limited lighting can create a serious and dangerous situation. Obstacles are difficult to locate and see making an impact far more likely. One of the best ways to improve safety when it comes to sledding during the winter is to simply choose the sled during daylight hours. Another great way to improve safety when sledding is to always sled feet first. Maintaining a feet first position facing forward and in a seated position is always the best option.

Protect The Head When Sledding

Another great way to improve safety when sledding is to always watch out for other sledding enthusiasts. Many accidents have occurred over the years simply because someone sledding down the hill impacted an individual climbing back to the top of the hill. Look out, be cautious and be aware of your surroundings as a way to avoid potential injury when sledding. This is also true with regard to avoiding stationary obstacles such as boulders, rocks and trees. Statistically speaking, head injuries are one of the most common forms of injury that occur during sledding. Play it safe and always protect the head when sledding. Contact Hastings and Hastings today for Phoenix personal injury attorney assistance when needed.