Ice Skates, Sleds and Toboggans
Ice skating, sledding, and tobogganing are fun ways to stay active during our cold Canadian winters. But you and any children in your care can be seriously injured if you fall and hit your head, run into an object or another person, or fall through ice into open water.
To avoid getting hurt, take these safety precautions.
Injuries from winter activities can be prevented by following these tips:
- Check equipment each season to make sure it still fits and is in good condition.
- Wear proper safety gear, especially a helmet. For hockey, the helmet should be CSA-certified and replaced every 5 years.
- Don't sled near roads, parking lots, rocks, trees or fences.
- Never skate near open water. Make sure ice is at least 10 centimetres (4 inches) thick.
- Dress children warmly and in layers. Watch for frostbite on cold days.
- Put sunscreen on exposed skin.
- Children can strangle on cords, drawstrings and scarves. Use a neck warmer instead of a scarf, and remove drawstrings and cords from clothing.
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