Sledding Safety

Here are simple rules for safer sledding:

  1. Sit face-forward. Never sit head-first or stand.
  2. Go down the hill one at a time and with only one person on the sled – except for adults sledding with young children
  3. Keep arms and legs within the sled.
  4. If you fall off the sled, move out of the way.
  5. Walk up the side of the hill leaving a path for other sledders.
  6. Roll off a sled that won't stop.
  7. Never ride a sled being pulled by a moving vehicle.
  1. Choose a hill with a manageable slope and a long path.
  2. Avoid slopes that end in a street, parking lot, pond or other hazards.
  3. Make sure the hill is free of jumps, bumps and obstacles, such as trees or fences.
  4. Never ride into a snow bank – it may have a hidden object (rock or tree stump) within it.
  5. Choose snowy hills and avoid icy surfaces.
  6. Sled in the daylight when visibility is good.  If sledding at night, make sure the hill is well lit.
  7. Know the outside temperature – it can be too cold to sled.
  1. Wear a helmet (no specific sledding helmet is available so wear a properly fitted helmet designed for winter sports.
  2. Wear sensible clothing for the winter (hat, mittens, waterproof clothes and footwear).
  3. If clothing becomes wet, change it.  Wet clothes put a child at risk for hypothermia.
  4. Choose appropriate clothing to prevent strangulation (no scarves or drawstrings).
  5. Avoid inflatable inner tubes or sled substitutes such as trays, cardboard boxes, or automobile hoods – they are difficult to steer, stop and secure (wooden sleds are preferred).
  1. A responsible adult should always be present when children are sledding.
  2. Children under 12 years of age should be actively watched.
  3. Children under 5 years of age should have an adult sled with them.

Last Updated 04/2015