Slippery Slope: Take Care to Prevent Sledding Injuries
If you are planning on taking the kids to the local hill, don't just drop them off, especially if they're under age 10. Stick around while they sled, make sure all sledders wear a helmet – sledding injuries often include skull fractures – and be sure to share these important guidelines with them so they can enjoy tobogganing and sledding safely.
When the news broke in January 2015 that various cities in New Jersey, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Illinois and elsewhere were considering a sledding ban, you could almost hear the collective "Noooo!" from kids everywhere. Even parents polled by media outlets overwhelmingly oppose a sledding ban.
While some states are protected by immunity laws, in other states sledding injuries have led to lawsuits, and municipalities have had to pay out millions of dollars to the injured. It's no wonder some cities don't want to take that financial risk.
Even if hundreds of communities ban sledding, kids still will find a place to do it. Awareness of one's surroundings and adherence to safety guidelines do not take away from the thrill of sledding, but a trip to the hospital most likely will.