Friday, January 16, 2009

Politically Correct Sledding

My sister Mary sent this to me the other day (forwarded from my brother Tom who saw it in the Pi Press this week).

Here are some tips on how adults and children of all ages can avoid sledding injuries:

  • Choose designated sledding hills with a gentle slope and long run-off area; avoid steep hills
  • Avoid ice-covered hills
  • Stay away from roads, lakes, rivers, heavily wooded areas, parking lots, etc.
  • Make sure the sliding area is free of obstacles
  • Be aware of others sliding on the hill
  • Dress appropriately – layers are best because they can also help “cushion” any falls and wear a helmet
  • Don’t pile too many people on one sled
  • Always ride on the sled sitting and facing forward
  • Avoid jumps or piles of snow that can cause a sled to become airborne
  • Children under 12 should be supervised by an adult
  • Children under 5 should be accompanied by an adult on the sled
  • Don’t “drink and sled”

I'm pretty sure I've broken every rule on this list- if you haven't almost killed yourself on a sled at some point in your life, then you're not a true Minnesotan.

But really- children under 12 must be supervised by an adult? How much more over-protective can you be?

1 comment:

Jim said...

I missed this earlier, but Fred Thompson made a video about the economy right before Christmas.