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Winter Safety Tips for Kids

Forecasters predict a winter storm is headed our way. For kids, snow is fun and we want to encourage them to get out and play, but we also want to keep them safe and warm. The following tips will help ensure their safety while allowing them to enjoy the best part of winter.

Remind kids to stay off the ice.

The ice that forms on the waterways in our region is never thick enough to hold even the lightest child. Children should never walk or play on ice – this includes even small bodies of water like neighborhood ponds and streams.

Dress in layers.

Before going out to play, dress your children in several thin layers. Insulated boots, gloves and hats are also a must.

Limit outdoor play.

Children are smaller than adults and therefore lose heat more quickly. This means they’re at a higher risk for things such as frostbite and hypothermia. Set limits on outdoor play, and make sure your children have a place to go for regular indoor warm up breaks.

Do not let children play in extremely cold temperatures.

Do not let children play in temperatures or wind chills below -15 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposed skin in these temperatures will freeze within minutes.

Remove wet clothing.

After a day of playing in the snow, be sure your child changes out of wet clothes right away.

Don’t forget the hot chocolate.

While you’re out grabbing bread and milk, get some hot chocolate, too. It’s a great way to get the kids back inside from the cold.

Winter car seat safety.

Children should not wear thick, bulky coats or snowsuits when riding in a car seat. Read more here.

Safe sledding.

Children should always be supervised while sledding and should never sled near a roadway or motor vehicles. Slopes should be free of trees, fences and should be covered in snow, not ice. Make sure sleds are free of sharp edges and splinters. Read more here.

Have fun.

For kids, snow days are exciting and fun. By taking these precautions you can ensure your kids have a blast while staying safe and warm.

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