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Tips on how to have fun and stay safe while sledding

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Undated (WXOW) - Snow days can be fun for kids looking to get outside and sled or snow tube, but experts warn parents, that sledding has its dangers.

Researchers at the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, who study sledding injuries have found the most common injuries from sledding are fractures followed by cuts and bruises.

Investigators also noted the majority of injuries happen during collisions, when children aren't paying attention.

So what can parents do to protect their kids?  Make sure children are dressed properly and have them wear a helmet, much like they would wear when riding a bike.  Also, stay away from snow discs and toboggans since they are hard to control.

If kids are young, have adults supervise them, or sled with them.  And, go downhill feet first and avoid sledding in areas with trees, fences or light poles.  

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