Families sled near scene of fatal accident

Winter Fun: Sledding Safety Tips »

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The consistent wintry weather is a welcome sight for some, including kids on February school vacation who are hitting the hills with their sleds.  That fun could turn dangerous though if proper safety precautions are not taken.

Numerous families sledding down the slopes at Neutaconkanut Park in Providence Monday. The park was closed off last winter after a 17-year-old girl lost control while sledding and hit a tree off path. The teen later died from her injuries.

A recent study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics says nearly 20,000 children visit emergency rooms each year from sledding accidents. Johnston mother Lucy Brown was visiting the park with her boys on Monday and feels it’s a pretty safe environment.

“I think that they’re pretty safe as long as the hill is not steep and as long as there is nothing that they can bump into and it’s clear sailing,” she said. “I think its fine.”

KidsHealth.org reports that selecting a hill that’s not too steep is key to safe sledding.

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