Whether sledding, skating, building snowmen or making snow angels, children love to play outdoors in the winter weather. But cold weather and sporting equipment can pose safety hazards.
In the year 2007, there were
- 17,000 estimated injuries among children from skiing and snowboarding
- 24,500 estimated injuries from sledding
- 1,500 estimated injuries from snowmobiles and equipment.
- Each year there are approximately 5,740 emergency room visits due to snowthrower-related injuries.
How Boston Children's approaches winter safety
Most injuries to children are preventable, and there are precautions you can take to help your child's winter be safe and happy. Children's Injury Prevention Program offers guidelines to protect your child, including tips on clothing, ice safety, sports safety and temperature-related injuries.