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Best Places for Sledding in Naugatuck

Recommendations from your neighbors—for both the kids and adults!

Are you ready for some sledding? Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Are you ready for some sledding? Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
If you're brave enough to step outside in the bone-chilling cold today for some fun in the snow, we've got a list of the best places to sled in the borough.

The suggestions come directly from your Naugatuck neighbors, in response to a post we put up on our Facebook page Tuesday night, and they include tiny slopes for the kiddies as well as one spot a resident coined "Suicide Hill."

  • Fairchild
  • Hop Brook Golf Course
  • Horton Hill (a.k.a. "the beast")
  • John Street
  • Andrew Mountain
  • Field Street
  • Donovan Road

"Fairchild is great but for kids of all ages the golf course is best they have different grades and a larger area to accommodate more people," commented to Heather Francisco. "Those who said Horton hill have me both terrified and intrigued may have to make a big girl pass at that spot with out the kids lol"

Share Your Snow Pics

Whether you're sledding, building a snowman or just having a good old-fashioned snowball fight, pop on over to the Community Boards to share your pics with friends and neighbors.

What You Need to Know About Frostbite

While it was snow conditions that led the district to close schools Wednesday, the arctic temperatures can be equally dangerous. Temperatures are in the single digits, and it feels even colder with the wind chill.

For those who do go out, here are some safety tips from the CDC:

At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:
  • a white or grayish-yellow skin area
  • skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
  • numbness
A victim is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb.  

If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. Because frostbite and hypothermia both result from exposure, first determine whether the victim also shows signs of hypothermia. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical assistance.

If (1) there is frostbite but no sign of hypothermia and (2) immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:

  • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes—this increases the damage.
  • Immerse the affected area in warm—not hot—water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body).
  • Or, warm the affected area using body heat. For example, the heat of an armpit can be used to warm frostbitten fingers.
  • Do not rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage.
  • Don’t use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.

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