Five Places for Sledding and 10 Tips for Safety
The blizzard has stopped, and now it's time to enjoy the snow.
One timeless way to enjoy the snow is, of course, sledding. Whether it's on a state-of-the-art new aerodynamically engineered plastic craft, an inflatable tube or an old-fashioned toboggan, kids like traveling downhill on snow at high speeds.
North Andover Sledding
1. Drummond Park. This children's park has a hill that is very popular among the kids in town. It's located at the intersection of Milk and Johnson streets and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2. Carl Thomas Field. This field, used for Little League, has a hill that is also a popular sledding spot. It's located at 55 Dana St.
3. Stevens Pond Area. There are two hills near Stevens Pond that can be used for sledding.
4. Carter Hill. Located off South Bradford Street, this hill offers plenty of space for sledding.
5. Half Mile Hill. Located near Weir Hill, Half Mile Hill is dozens of acres of protected open space and offers scenic views as well as great sledding.
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Safety Tips for Sledding
1. Dress in warm clothing. Make sure you are covered from head to toes, especially with cold winds blowing. Frostbite is very dangerous and only takes a few minutes to set in when temperatures are low and winds are strong. If it's really cold, make sure to wear a face mask.
2. Watch out for other sledders. When there are multiple sleds on the hill, you should always keep an eye out and avoid hitting each other. Sleds pick up speed, and speed enhances impact.
4. Do not sled toward trees. Sledding accidents can be very hazardous, and trees are one of the most common factors in sledding injuries. If the hill is met with trees, make sure the trees are far enough back from the hill that your sleds won't crash into them.
5. Do not sled onto ponds or lakes with open water. If there's open water on a pond or lake, there's a reason. It means the water is not completely frozen, and the ice can break.
6. Have responsible adult supervision. As with any outdoor activity, kids sledding should be accompanied and watched by a responsible and vigilant adult.
7. Sled during the daytime. Night sledding means less visibility and more danger.
8. Check the hill for rocks and tree stumps. Obstructions such as rocks and tree stumps and branches can break sleds as well as skin and bones.
9. Avoid wearing scarves or other items that can get tangled in the sled and cause choking or other injury.
10. Walk up the side of the hill, not in the middle of it. Walking up the middle of the hill and having to avoid sleds on the way down can