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.