Winter Sports Safety (Fact Sheet)
ISBN: 0-662-68855-4 (PDF Version)
Cat. No.: H46-2/05-405 (PDF Version)
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Make sure your children are safe when they toboggan and skate.
Children can strangle on a cord or scarf.
Use a neck warmer instead of a scarf.
Take the cords and drawstrings off their clothes.
- Keep children warm. Dress your children in layers. Make sure their heads and necks are covered by a hat and a neck warmer. Watch for frostbite!
- On sunny days, put sunscreen on their skin.
- Check your children's equipment to make sure that it fits and is in good condition.
When tobogganing or sledding:
- Make sure your children wear a helmet.
- Choose a hill that is away from roads and parking lots. There should be no rocks, trees, fences or other dangers in the path.
- Teach your children to slide down the middle of the hill, climb up the side and watch up the hill.
- Teach them to move out of the way quickly when they get to the bottom.
- Children should wear a helmet.
- If you skate on lakes or rivers make sure the ice is smooth and at least 10 centimetres or 4 inches thick. Never skate near open water.
- Children should skate in the same direction and at the same speed as the crowd.
- Skaters who cannot keep up with the crowd should move to the side.
- When playing hockey, only wear a CSA-certified helmet. Replace hockey helmets at least every 5 years.
For more information contact Product Safety, Health Canada.