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Winter Safety Tips for Children

As the weather turns chilly, new dangers for kids are appearing.  The dropping temperatures and wind chills create climatic hazards.  With careful planning and supervision, children can enjoy the fun and freedom of playing indoors or outdoors on chilly winter days without substantial risk.  Here are some winter safety tips for children to help keep them safe, warm and healthy through the coldest months of the year.

When playing outside remember these important tips:

  • Dress your child (ren) in multiple, tight fitting layers.  This will keep the heat in as much as possible.
  • Always make sure they are wearing hats and gloves when playing outdoors since the most heat escapes through your head and hands.
  • You always want to limit the time they are exposed outside. Bring children inside to warm up periodically.
  • When they come in, remove all wet clothes immediately and change into dry clothes.  If they want to go back outside,
    make sure to put new clothes on and not the previous wet clothes.
  • Do not permit children to play outdoors in extreme weather such as snowstorms, extreme cold or high winds.
  • You always want to dress them in brightly colored outer clothing so you are able to see them from a distance.
  • Teach children the dangers of digging snow tunnels or forts and that they may collapse and bury them.
  • Remind children never to touch or lick exposed metal in winter.
  • Make sure to review the reasons they don’t want to eat snow; it may contain pollutants, dirt, fecal matter or other contaminants.
  • Make sure to regularly de-ice or sand sidewalks, driveways, patios and other areas where children may play or walk.

Winter sports can be a great way for children to stay active and enjoy colder temperatures, but each sport presents its own unique hazards.  Here are some safety tips for children to help them enjoy sports safely and comfortably:

  • Always use proper safety equipment and gear, including sports goggles and helmets, while playing winter sports.
  • Enroll children in lessons from a qualified professional for advanced winter sports such as figure skating, skiing and snowboarding to ensure they learn safe techniques.
  • Only play winter sports in safe, approved locations rather than using seemingly frozen ponds, unknown hillsides or other potentially dangerous locations.

The cold temperatures and biting winds are the most obvious hazards when children play in the snow.  Children who are not
prepared for winter climates can suffer frostbite, hypothermia and severe chills that can lead to illness, poor judgment and even permanent injury.  If you follow these simple tips it will help you and your child enjoy the winter months while exploring one of nature’s beautiful gifts.

Source by: Melissa Mayntz

Written by: Kimberly Hensinger