Slip injuries continue to increase at an alarming rate, the Montreal Children’s Hospital Trauma Center reported: they have doubled since the first warning issued last week.
As of Thursday, the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) treated 122 children in the emergency room who were injured while slipping.
Half of all injuries are caused in collisions with an obstacle, such as a tree, fence or bench.
Due to the storm expected this weekend, doctors fear heavy traffic on the slopes, increasing collisions and new injuries.
They invite families and children to exercise the utmost caution.
Here are some tips from the Montreal Children’s Hospital: always wear a ski or hockey helmet on the slopes (a bicycle helmet can do the trick, but it does not offer as much protection); choose gentle slopes intended for sledding and make sure the track is clear and ends in a large open area; remind children to clear the trail as soon as they reach the bottom of the slope to avoid being struck by oncoming sledgers.
“This weekend, please play it safe,” the statement issued on Friday said.
Injuries from sledding accidents range from head injuries, broken bones, eye injuries, as well as serious cuts.
The less snowy and icy sliding surfaces as well as the lack of alternative activities seem to contribute to this increase in accidents and injuries.