Archive for Monday, February 16, 2009


Kids should be careful when playing outdoors

February 16, 2009


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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