Let It Snow...Oh no!

Winter is here, and campers are taking to the outdoors. Winter sports and activities are a wonderful way to get fresh air and enjoy the beautiful scenery, however, elements such as ice and snow pose major hazards. Each year thousands of children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for skating and sledding accidents. These include sprains, broken bones, concussions, or even worse injuries.

One of the most popular winter activities is ice skating. While this is a fun sport, and a great form of exercise, it’s important to be aware of the risks involved and take precautions to prevent accidents. Here are some tips to keep your skaters safe this holiday season:

Safety Tips for Ice Skating

  • Check the ice for obstructions and thickness before allowing individuals to skate. Ice should be a minimum of four inches thick

  • Use traffic cones, reflectors, or signs to indicate unsafe patches of ice

  • Set rules for the rink. Don’t allow horseplay or rough physical contact. Falls can result in head injuries or broken bones

  • Have a pole, or lifeline easily accessible that can be extended if a person has fallen through the ice

  • Ensure skaters are wearing proper clothing and that skates are the right size. Skates that are too loose can cause foot and ankle injuries

  • Always have supervision in place

Tubing/sledding is another great way to enjoy the winter weather. The joy of speeding down a hill can make it easy to forget that these activities can also lead to injuries. Taking proper safety measures can help keep your kids safe on the hills this winter.

Safety Tips for Tubing:

  • Position supervisors at the top, middle, and bottom of the hill.

  • Make sure that runs are free from trees, rocks, people, and other obstructions

  • Riders should always slide feet first, and sleds should not be overloaded. A sled with too many riders can be difficult to control, increasing the chance of injury

  • Don’t allow sledders to form a “human chain” going down the hill. This can lead to accidents

  • Be sure there is an adequate area to stop at the bottom of the hill. Riders should not need to roll off their sled or tube.

  • Never allow sleds to be pulled behind ATV’s, snowmobiles, or other motorized vehicles. Riders could fall off or be run over.

Taking these precautions creates a safer environment for everyone. Follow these tips and help keep your campers safe this winter.

We’re here to help! For additional questions, contact Church Mutual Insurance Company’s Risk Control Central.

The information contained in this article is intended solely to provide general guidance on topics that may be of interest to you. While we have made reasonable efforts to present accurate and reliable information, Church Mutual Insurance Company disclaims all liability for any errors or omissions, or for any actions you take or fail to take based on this article. The information provided may not apply to your particular facts or circumstances; therefore, you should seek professional advice prior to relying on any information that may be found in this article.


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