Choose the Right Sledding Hill
- When hills get coated with snow, they may all look like great locations for sledding, but be very careful when choosing a location for your kids to sled. Not all hills are safe.
- Select a hill that is not too steep and has a long flat area at the bottom for your kids to glide to a stop.
- Avoid hillsides that end near a street or parking lot. Make sure the bottom of the slope is far from streets, traffic and frozen or partially frozen ponds, lakes or creeks.
- Avoid hillsides that end near ponds, trees, fences, or other hazards.
- Make sure the hill is free of obstacles such as jumps, bumps, rocks, poles, or trees before your kids begin sledding.
- Choose hills that are snowy rather than icy. Icy slopes make for hard landings if kids fall off a sled.
- Use equipment that is sturdy and safely constructed. Avoid equipment with sharp and jagged edges.
- Look for energy-absorbing pads on sled seats.
- Examine handholds on sleds to be sure they are secure.
- Ensure sleds and toboggans have steering devices that work easily and don't jam.
- Only sled feet first while sitting up. Sledding head first can increase the risk of head injury.
- Never ride in a sled pulled by a motorized vehicle and always sled during the daytime, when visibility is better.