It's that time of year where it's fun to be out in the snow.  If you're out with your kids, item 3 of the Winter Sports Safety section in the Guide to Safe Scouting reads as follows:

"APPROPRIATE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ACTIVITIES. THIS INCLUDES THE RECOMMENDED USE OF HELMETS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS ENGAGED IN WINTER SPORTS SUCH AS SLEDDING AND OTHER SLIDING DEVICES. THE USE OF HELMETS IS REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES: DOWNHILL SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, AND OPERATION OF SNOWMOBILES (FULL-FACE HELMETS)."

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends the following safety guidelines to improve sledding safety:

Please remember The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety, which embodies good judgment and common sense for all Scouting activities:

1. Qualified Supervision

2. Physical Fitness

3. Buddy System

4. Safe Area or Course

5. Equipment Selection and Maintenance

6. Personal Safety Equipment

7. Safety Procedures and Policies

8. Skill Level Limits

9. Weather Check

10. Planning

11. Communication

12. Permits and Notices

13. First-Aid Resources

14. Applicable Laws

15. CPR Resources

16. Discipline

Have fun, but remember to be safe!