Tobogganing and Sledding Safety
Generations of Canadians have trudged up and down snowy slopes in the winter to toboggan with their friends and family. Many people are injured each winter colliding with rocks, trees and each other. Playing out of doors in winter can be safe and fun by using common sense and taking some safe steps. According to the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
A study conducted by the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (1996) a total of 806 records of sledding related injuries in children and youth were examined. Of these 806 patients studied, only 5 reported wearing a helmet. Head and neck injuries accounted for 1/3 of injuries for children less than 10 years of age.
They suggest that you can safely play by considering the following:
- pick a gentle slope free of trees, rocks and drop off
- slide in daylight so you can see everything ahead of you
- wear a ski helmet
- don't lie down on your toboggan
- don't toboggan drunk
- don't race down the hill against other people
- don't overload your sled
Now that the snow has arrived, get dressed and go sledding!