Outdoor winter safety tips

Posted December 26, 2013 --- 6:55 p.m.

Hitting the sledding hills and cross country skiing paths is finally a reality thanks to the recent snow, but there are a few things you should remember before heading outdoors.

It can be so exciting to run up the hill hop on the sled and go, but sledding can be pretty dangerous if you're not careful, watching where you're going is really important.

St. Mary's hospital put out a press release saying 20,000 kids are hurt in sledding accidents alone each year. And they have some advice to get that number down.

They say children should be wearing helmets and goggles or wrap around sun glasses while sledding, skiing, and skating.

They say you shouldn't sled anywhere that slopes towards a road or parking lot, and lastly, they say keep an eye on the kids. If parents aren't going to be out at the hill, make sure that an older sibling or friend is staying with the younger ones.

Quincy Miller was out sledding, he says he always watches for broken sleds, or pieces of broken sleds that can be left on the hill, and he makes sure to bundle up.

Doctors say if your kids go out sledding, make sure to have they dress warmly, if the temperatures are in the teens, any exposed skin can get frost nip in a matter of minutes.

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