Winter Safety

Here are a few tips to keep your family safe and healthy this winter

Wear helmets when sledding, skiing or snowboarding
Helmets are not just for biking. One in ten emergency room visits due to sledding accidents involve a concussion. So strap that helmet on and stay safe!

Gloves and hats are important, too!
Frostbite can happen quickly, especially in windy conditions. The first signs of frostbite include redness and pain in exposed areas. You can warm up cold fingers by putting them under the armpits. Warm water (not hot) can also be used to slowly warm affected areas. In severe cases where the skin looks gray and waxy or there is numbness, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Hypothermia
When the core body temperature drops, hypothermia can set in. Dressing in layers helps keep kids warm – that way you can take off a layer when they are active and warm and put layers back on when they take a break or it gets colder. Watch out for long scarves that can get caught on sleds or other objects. If a child starts to shiver or act lethargic, it’s time to warm up. Go inside and enjoy some hot chocolate or cider!

Don’t forget the sunscreen
Yes, sunburn happens in the winter too! On a sunny day, reflected sunlight can cause sunburn in exposed areas. Goggles or sunglasses protect the eyes from the sun’s damaging rays as well.

Cold weather doesn’t mean families have to stay indoors. By following these safety tips, you can enjoy the winter safely!

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