Cold Weather Safety:
Over the weekend we had our first snow. It bought back wonderful memories of time spent sledding, building igloos or just walking outside in the cold weather. Children need to wear the proper clothes to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
Children should wear warm and waterproof hats, gloves or mittens, snow pants, winter jacket and snow boots while playing in the snow. Encourage them to change into something dry if their clothes get wet. Protect your child’s faces with sunscreen. Watch for signs of frostnip-the early warning sign of frostbite. It leaves the skin red, numb or tingly.
Sledding is a fun activity to share with your kids. Choose the right sledding hill. The following guidelines are shared by kidshealth.org.
-Select a hill that is not too steep and has a long flat area @ the bottom for your kids to glide to a stop.
-Avoid hillsides that end near a street or parking lot.
-Avoid hillsides that end near ponds, trees, fences or other hazards.
-Make sure the hill is free of obstacles such as jumps, bumps, rocks, poles or trees before you kids begin sledding.
-Choose hills that are snowy rather than icy. Icy slopes make for hard landings if kids fall off a sled.
- Always have your kids sled during the daytime, when visibility is better. If they do go sledding @ night, make sure the hillside is well lit and all potential hazards are visible.