Primary Children’s Medical Center: Sledding Safety

Janet Brooks, Child Advocacy Manager with Primary Children’s Medical Center, has important tips that can make that ride less stressful for you and equally as fun for them.



Always supervise your child while sledding – adult supervision may help avoid overcrowding and collisions.

• Encourage your child to wear a fitted helmet (like those used for skiing and snowboarding).

• Have your child to wear gloves, hats, boots, and warm clothing to protect against frostbite and other injuries.

• Check to make sure there are no obstacles in the sledding path, like trees, rocks, or sticks. Sledding should only be done in open areas.

• Make sure the bottom of the sled hill doesn’t adjoin a road, parking lot, or frozen water.

• Avoid evening sledding, or only sled in areas where there’s adequate lighting, so that collisions can be avoided.

• Buy your child a sled with a steering mechanism.

• Make sure your child always sits facing forward – it’s the safest sledding position.

• Look for energy absorbing pads on sled seats.

• Examine handholds on sleds to be sure they are secure.

• Ensure sleds and toboggans have easy steering, non-jamming device.

• Never ride in a sled that is being pulled by a motorized vehicle.

• Make sure the number of children riding on the sled does not exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations.


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Janet Brooks, Child Advocacy Manager

Primary Children’s Medical Center


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