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How to toboggan safely

(HealthDayNews) -- After a fresh powdery snowfall, it's hard to resist grabbing a sled and heading for the nearest slope. Tobogganing is a thrilling activity, but it can also be dangerous. Every winter, emergency rooms fill up with sledding accident victims, particularly people suffering head trauma.

Abington Memorial Hospital offers this safe-sledding advice:

  • Always wear a bicycle helmet.
  • Sit feet forward on a sled -- never lie down, head first.
  • Go with your kids to the site and make sure the path is obstacle free.
  • Choose a sled with runners and steering ability. Avoid plastic disks or inner tubes.
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