Winter safety: Advice for parents and kids
- Children under 5 years of age should never go down a hill alone.
- Always wear a ski or hockey helmet – not a bicycle helmet – while sledding. Bicycle helmets are only tested up to -10ºC (14ºF) and need to be replaced after one crash. If you use a hockey helmet, make sure it meets the Canadian Standards Association standards.
- Never use a sled with sharp or jagged edges. Handholds should be secure.
- Use a sled you can steer rather than a snow disk or inner tube. It will provide better control.
- Always sit up or kneel on a sled. Lying down can increase the risk of injury to the head, spine and stomach.
- Never sled on or near roadways. Look for shallow slopes that are free of trees, fences or any other obstacles.
- Avoid sledding on crowded slopes.
- Sled during the day. If you sled at night, make sure the hill is well lit.
- Sleds that are lifted up onto skis (e.g., GT Racers) are not recommended because they can reach dangerous speeds.
- Slide down the middle of the hill and climb up along the sides. Remember to watch for other sledders and move quickly out of the way once at the bottom of the hill.