Winter is a fun time for children who live in areas with a lot of snow. Snow tubing is a popular activity with children, whether they just like to coast comfortably down a gentle slope or speed down a steep hill for an exhilarating ride. But it’s easy to get hurt in the snow, so snow safety in general and safe snow tubing in particular are very important. Here are some snow safety tips.
Choose the right snow tubes: The right size for your child (many snow tubes have weight limits) that have handles with plenty of room for mitten-wearing hands. Some snow tubes are made with slick bottoms for more speed, so if your child is young or a beginner, you might want to select a tamer snow tube and work up to those with slicker bottoms.
Supervise children who are riding snow tubes – or better yet, join them! It’s great exercise and allows you to have fun as a family while keeping you alert for hazards, like rocks and trees, that your excited child may not notice.
Apply sunscreen to yourself and your children before going snow-tubing. You can still get sunburned when it’s snowing – in fact, sunburns can be worse in winter because the snow reflects the sun’s UV rays. Apply a waterproof total sunblock 15 minutes before going outdoors and every two hours after that.
Before you set out on your snow tubing adventure, make sure everyone is dressed in layers with waterproof jackets and pants as top layers. Carry extra pairs of mittens in pockets – it won’t take long for mittens to be soaked while snow tubing.
- Check your children often to ensure they aren’t too cold. Children who are snow-tubing are often reluctant to go indoors because they are having so much fun. Make sure mittens are dry and warm and that their noses aren’t too red.
Snow tubing is great exercise, offers time with family and friends, is an opportunity to enjoy beautiful winter weather, and above all – it’s fun! These snow safety tips for safe snow tubing should help you enjoy the activity even more.