With the holidays approaching, it’s time to think about planning your child’s leisure time. There are a lot of options for how to spend a fun and interesting weekend. But for parents, of course, it is preferable that the child spends more time outdoors.
The most popular form of active pastime at this time of the year is skiing. It does not require special skills, such as skiing, and is quite safe for a child.
Today, shops offer a wide range of equipment for downhill skiing: there are ice rinks and sleds, and snow scooters. The undisputed leader among all this diversity, of course, is tubing. This type of transport is a camera, identical to a car, placed inside a fabric cover. But, despite the simple design, its choice must be taken seriously in order to provide the child with maximum safety, comfort and joy from riding.
The first thing you need to pay attention to is the size of the tubing. The diameter of the inflatable sled should correspond to the height of the child who will ride it. For the youngest children, aged 2-3 years, models with a diameter of 60 cm are suitable. They are designed for heights from 80 to 90 centimeters. For kids 4-6 years old, cheesecakes 65-80 cm in size are perfect. Children aged 7-14 years and up to 140 cm tall can safely buy tubing with a diameter of 95-100 cm. If the height of a child or adult is up to 175 cm, the diameter of the tubing should be 110-115 cm. If you plan to ride with a child together, then it is better to stop your choice on tubing with a diameter of 120-150 cm. But in this case, you should pay attention to the presence of two or three pairs of handles so that the child can hold himself in sleds.
After you have decided on the size, you should pay attention to what the case is made of. It must be made from durable, wear-resistant fabric. The best option is reinforced PVC fabric. Such a fabric glides better, and products from it withstand the load better. It is better if the cover is combined. That is, the bottom is made of PVC, and the top is made of a soft, non-slip material, such as Oxford. If the child likes to ride on ice slides, then it is preferable to purchase a tubing with a plastic bottom. The cover must have double stitching, and the seams must additionally be protected with a sling.
It is also necessary to check the presence and strength of all fasteners. The tubing must have a loop for transportation. It must be firmly attached to the case. You can tie a thick strong rope or tow rope to the loop. Handles must also be reliable. It is desirable that the handles are molded from PVC and glued into the shell of the cheesecake with special glue. This design is almost eternal.
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In conclusion, about the safety rules for tubing.
- A small child should ride only when accompanied by an adult.
- The distance between the child’s feet and the ground should not exceed 10 cm.
- Do not allow your child to jump from trampolines.
- Do not let the child go down the slopes, where there are a lot of bushes, trees and other obstacles.
- You can’t ride tubing standing up.