Sledding Dangers

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

November 8, 2005

Getting on a sled is one of the most exciting things for kids when it snows. But if you’re not careful, that excitement can turn disastrous.

The slick snow and icy temperatures are sledding magnets for kids or even adults. But each winter, the reports come in of children injured while sledding.

"[The injuries] vary, sometimes the injuries are relatively minor, we have seen some with neck and back injuries," said Britt Grimm of the Charlottesville Fire Department.

Just this week, a little boy in Colleen Bryner's neighborhood slid into a sliding glass door. She wanted to make sure it didn't happen to her own three.

"I found a website where I could have them watch a simple cartoon about a little boy who knows about sledding safety," said Bryner.

Her children paid attention.

"I aways slide feet first," said Hannah Bryner.

"I don't want me to get hurt," said Gabi Szabo.

Still, accidents can happen to anyone at anytime, especially when we're not aware of our surroundings.

"Be cautious, just make sure that you know where your children are sledding, make sure that the hill is clear of obstacles and make sure that the area they're going to run off in is clear of obstacles as well," said Grimm.

And as an extra precaution, officials suggest buying only sleds with steering mechanisms and having your child wear a helmet.

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