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Police talk about sledding safety, after two accidents in one week
Jennifer Auh talks to local law enforcement and parents about sledding safety. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
In the last week, there have already been two serious sledding accidents in Boise. Across the country, about 20,000 people are treated for injuries from sledding in a year, and most of those victims are under 20 years old.
We headed up to a popular sledding area, Camel's Back Park to talk with avid sledders and police about that statistic. Everyone agreed safety should always come first.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Jones said people should pick hills that are gradual, don’t end on a street, or large area of trees or rocks.
Here are some more tips:
- Sledders should wear protective clothing, and most sledding injuries are surprisingly sustained on the head, so consider a helmet for your kids
- Plus, avoid jumps or even small bumps, because a wrong landing can cause back injuries
- After you're done sliding down the hill, move quickly out of the way to avoid getting hit
Last, but not least have fun! "We want people to go out and enjoy the snow we got this week, but use common sense and look after each other," said Deputy Jones.