Safe Sledding

Source:  The National Safety Council.

Eastern Pennsylvania is anxiously awaiting yet another big snow storm this week.  Snow can mean shoveling and poor traffic conditions but, it can also mean  outdoor, winter activities like sledding!

Sledding can be a lot of fun for kids and adults alike, but as always there are certain hazards to be aware of. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the estimated average number of tobogganing and snow disc injuries was 33,064 per year between 2003 and 2007.

 Here are some facts and tips to be safe while having fun in the snow!

–         Sledding injuries can include lacerations or skull fractures, while tobogganing injuries almost always involve the lower half of the body.

–         Children ages 5-9 are most susceptible to injury. Young children should not sled alone.

–         Keep all equipment in good condition. Broken parts can increase the chance of injury.

–         Dress warmly-  wear think gloves and boots to protect against frostbite.

–         Avoid steep slopes and slopes near streets and roads.

–         Check slopes for bare spots, holes, or other obstructions.

–         Do not sled on or around frozen lakes, streams or ponds.

–         Do not sled head first- it increases the risk of head injury.

The Seltzer Group with locations in Schuylkill Haven, Orwigsburg, and Pottsville, Pennsylvania, serves businesses and individuals locally, regionally, and on the national level.  The Seltzer Group is a proud member of the Keystone Insurers Group, the nation’s 5th largest independent broker.

Safe Sledding was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Sarah McGorry