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Health Tip: Practice Sledding Safety

Suggestions to help prevent injury

(HealthDay News) -- Sledding down a slippery slope at home or a nearby field is a past-time that makes kids look forward to winter. But thousands are injured each year in sledding accidents.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions for safe sledding:

  • Make sure children are protected with a properly-fitting helmet.
  • Make sure the sled has and a reliable method of steering. Avoid snow disks or toboggans.
  • If sledding while it's dark outside, make sure the area is well lit.
  • Never sled on a plastic sheet or other material that can be punctured by objects on the ground.
  • Wear many layers of clothing while sledding for protection from injury and cold weather.
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