Use a neck warmer instead of a scarf and remove strings and cords from children’s clothing. Scarves, strings, and cords can become caught on sleds or other objects and strangle a child. If a scarf is used, tuck the ends into the child’s jacket.
A head or brain injury is serious and can occur while tobogganing. A ski/snowboard helmet is recommended for anyone who is tobogganing. Ski/snowboard helmets are designed for use in cold weather and for similar types of falls and speeds. A hockey helmet can also be used if a ski/snowboard helmet is not available.* A thin, warm hat that covers the earlobes should be worn under the helmet.
Provide supervision at all times for children as they toboggan. Young children should never toboggan alone.
The safest position to be in while tobogganing is kneeling. Have children kneel or sit on the toboggan. Sliding headfirst on the stomach or lying on the back increases the risk of injury to head, spine, or spinal cord.
Check that the ski /snowboard helmets meet CSA, ASTM, Snell, or CEN standards (CSA Z263.1-2008, ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell RS-98 or S-98). Hockey helmets should meet CSA standards.