HCMC has some smart tips on how to stay safe on the icy slopes. Beware: HCMC wants your sledding to be boring and sober.
Here is some advice from HCMC (we've highlighted our favorites):
-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," alcohol use and sledding do not mix!
-Seek medical attention if you suspect an injury
LAME! Rules spoils all the fun. We like to live on the wild side.