Tobogganing just got a new set of rules, here they are
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 12:55 PM - There's few things more enjoyable than heading down the hills after a fresh snowfall.
Winter weather has finally arrived for some Canadians. After a record-breaking mild December, flurries are in the forecast for the Prairies. While, parts of northern Ontario could see 20 cm or more this weekend. With these conditions in sight, it's the perfect time to bust out the toboggan.
After Hamilton, Ontario's highly publicized and criticized tobogganing ban, with the help of the city's risk management team, lawyers and public works department, four locations have been approved for tobogganing this winter. A pilot project was passed by city councillors on December 2 at a cost of about $47,200.
The four spots including, the Garth Street Reservoir, Lake Avenue Park, Chedoke Golf Course and the Spring Valley, will have signs with safety tips to designate what hills can be used for the winter activity. City staff will have to ensure each hill is equipped with additional snow and that plowing, salting and flagging of any hazard is taken care of.
The project is expected to begin Dec. 18 and the price of violating the city's tobogganing bylaw? You could wind up with a whopping $5,000 fine.
To prevent sledding injuries this season the Canada Safety Council has a list of safe tips to follow:
Before leaving home:
- Inspect all the equipment: check for cracks, sharp edges and broken parts.
- Choose a toboggan or sled that is sturdy and easy to control. Avoid saucers, carpets, inner tubes and makeshift options that can spin out of control.
- Bring along helmets (ski or hockey helmets are recommended), especially for children.
- Dress warmly and wear neck warmers (tube scarves) rather than dangling scarves that could potentially get caught and cause injury or strangulation.
- Wear thick gloves and protective boots to protect against frostbite.
- Wear sunscreen and bring along some water to drink.
When choosing a site:
- Avoid icy hills that may lead to loss of control.
- Choose spacious, gently sloping hills with plenty of room to level off and come to a safe stop.
- Select a hill that does not cross traffic and is free of hazards such as holes and jumps, trees or stumps, fences, rocks, signs, telephone poles and parked cars.
- Slide during daylight or on well-lit hills.
- Do not slide on or around frozen lakes or ponds as the ice might be unstable.
When getting ready to go:
- The proper position for sliding is to kneel or sit forward with your feet pointing downhill. (Sledding head first increases the risk of head injury)
- Do not overload a toboggan or sled; follow the recommendations.
- Wait until the path is clear before proceeding.
- Children five years and under should be accompanied by an adult.
- Maintain a safe speed and stay in control, ready to stop if need be.
- When disembarking, don’t forget to stay out of the way of others and move quickly to the side of the hill.
- If you have to get off quickly, roll to the side and do not use your hands or feet to try and stop the sled.
Source: Canada Safety Council