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School District Promotes Safer Sledding on Carmichael Hill

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RICHLAND, Wash. - If you plan to go sledding on Carmichael Hill in Richland this winter season, you can expect to see some new signs.

The safety signs at the middle school read "Warning: Sledding may be hazardous. Sled at your own risk." The Richland School District put up the signs after briefly closing the hill last season when two children were seriously hurt.

The district hopes the signs will promote safety, and parents are responding.

"We're just gonna stay away from any objects, the dugout, any trees," said Vern Peterson, a father from Richland who brought his family to go sledding Wednesday morning, "just try to slide down some open road."

John Clark, who brought his wife and son to the park for sledding, told us, "my son, on his sled, I bought him a helmet and goggles to help protect his head just in case somebody hits him or something happens."

To stay safe while sledding, Richland Police say wear protective gear, don't rough house, use common sense, and have parental supervision.

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