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Kids should be careful when playing outdoors

February 16, 2009

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It’s still likely we’ll end up getting more snow this winter.

Here are some tips for being safe on the snow and ice from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

• Allow children to skate only on approved surfaces.

• Sledding feet first or sitting up, instead of lying down head-first, may prevent head injuries.

• Use steerable sleds, not snow discs or inner tubes.

• Sledding slopes should be free of obstructions like fire hydrants or fences.

• Avoid sledding in overcrowded areas.

• Children should be taught to ski or snowboard by a qualified instructor in a program designed for children.

• Helmets are a must for snowboarders and should be considered for skiing as well.

• Snowboarders should consider wearing wrist guards, but remember they don’t guarantee no injuries.

• Always wear a facemask, helmet and gloves for playing hockey.

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