With snow just around the corner, here are 5 things you need to know before you take the kids sledding.

The weather may be cold, and snow on the way, so now is the time to get ready for winter fun in Michigan!

One of the great joys for many families in the cold winter months is to bundle up and hit the hills. To keep the day fun and safe here are 5 Rules of sledding courtesy of momtaastic.com.

Rule #1

Choose a wide open, gently sloping hill that has a level runoff at the end. Do not allow sledding on hills that are close to streets, ponds or lakes. Be sure hills are free from debris, large trees, telephone poles or other obstructions.

Rule #2

Use the right equipment. Opt for sleds that are easy to steer and control. Don’t allow the use of cardboard or plastic lunch trays as substitutes for sleds.

Rule #3

Only allow children to sled feet first while sitting up. Sledding head first can increase the risk of head injury.

Rule #4

Insist children wear helmets while sledding. Choosing a well fitting helmet designed for winter sports can help prevent head injuries.  A bike helmet can also be used if you don’t have a winter sports helmet.

Rule #5

Children ages 5 and under should only sled with an adult. Choose a sled that both adult and child can fit on and that can be easily steered and stopped by an adult.

Have fun, be safe and I will see you on the hills!

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