Winter is upon us, and although we have not had a glimpse of snow as of yet, it is predicted that February will be bringing us some brrrrr-illiant weather for sledging.
Although primarily snow should be all about the fun, getting the kids outside building snowmen and creeping up on Dad with a pre-prepared snowball, there are hundreds of hazards involved with heavy winter weather. Stay safe in the snow, dodge the slips, trips and falls, and have a blast on the first snow day of winter 2013/14.
Growing up is all about getting little bumps and bruises. It’s inevitable that somewhere along the line little ones are going to sustain an injury while out and about.
That being said, sledging is far more fun when each member of the family comes back in one piece, so here’s our top three tips for avoiding sledging accidents:
- Although it’s mightily tempting, don’t choose the steepest, scariest hill in your area. Go for medium size slide, close to home. It’s easy to lose control of your sledge on big slopes, and you don’t want to fly too far once you reach the bottom.
- Remember that you are likely to glide when you reach the bottom of the hill, and look around for possible hazards. Sledging injuries are often caused by collisions with objects in the surrounding area such as trees, walls or gates.
- Choose a snow-adorned hill rather than an ice-covered mound. It may look like awesome fun, but it is almost impossible to control a sledge on ice – unless you have a member of the Cool Runnings bobsleigh team hitting the slopes with you.
In the midst of picking your perfect hill, don’t forget to choose some suitable clothing. As you might have guessed, it’s going to be pretty cold outside and injuries can occur due to incorrect clothing. Don’t sledge in the dark, either – it’s always a good idea to be able to see where you’re going!
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have experienced a slip, trip or fall or sustained a weather-related injury in your local area, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you.
Although some accidents in the snow and ice are bound to occur each year, if you believe that the incident that caused your accident was due to no fault of your own, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Take a look online at Accident Advice Helpline’s compensation calculator today. Alternatively, to discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: February 10, 2014
Author: David Brown