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Winter safety: Advice for parents and kids

Winter is a great time for children to play in the snow, go sledding, skating and exploring the outdoors. The cold weather can be dangerous for children whether or not ice and snow is present. Properly preparing children for outdoor activities this winter is crucial.

In general: Three kids playing in the snow.

  • Children shouldn't play outside alone. Establish a buddy system with one or more friends and have them look out for one another.  Children younger than 8 years of age should always be supervised outside.  Check every so often on older children who are playing outdoors for a long time.

  • Check often to see that your child is warm and dry. Younger children should take regular breaks and come inside for a warm drink.

  • Never send children outside in extreme weather conditions such as snowstorms.

  • Do not send your child outside to play if the temperature or the windchill is reported as
    -16°(F) or lower.  At these temperatures, exposed skin will begin to freeze.

  • Help children choose play areas with a warm shelter nearby (e.g., near home or a friend's home).

  • Apply sunscreen to exposed skin, even when it's cloudy.

*The above parenting tips provided by: caring for kids.

To view additional winter parenting tips please visit the links below.

3 Tips for Battling the Winter Blues

Parenting Tips: 6 Fun Winter Activities To Do With Kids

Winter Safety Tips

10 Tips: Keeping Children Safe In Cold Weather




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                  - Cynthia Scanland, MSSA


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