Sledding Safety

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For helping outside while you shovel or for not tearing up the house inside…while you shovel…small children are known to accept sledding as payment for being good. But there are some safety tips you need to keep in mind when your kids are heading to the hills.

Karen Geissler, a registered nurse at Eau Claire’s Luther-Midelfort Hospital, says sledding-related head injuries are usually the most severe. But she says kids can also get some pretty serious bumps and bruises while flying down those hills, which is why you need to make sure your kids know to play it safe.

And it’s not just the little ones who can get hurt on the hills, all you kids-at-heart out there are at risk too.

"I went down on one of those little saucers and…there's not a lot of padding on those,” Maureen Therou said.

Therou only bruised her tailbone, but Geissler says she’s seen much worse in her day.

"Probably the injury that causes the most long-term effect is the brain injury,” Geissler said.

Geissler says all it takes to stay safe out there is a little common sense. First, check the sledding spot to make sure it’s safe.

"That they're not sliding into an area that's going to cross the street, that's going to go into trees, where they're going to hit a fence post, where they're going to plow into a big pile of snow that might have a rock in it or a post hidden behind it.”

Second, make sure your kids are dressed for the weather, and even include a winter sport helmet.

And third, teach your youngsters to roll off their sled if they get in a dangerous situation.