Teach your kids to make sure that in winter snowy/icy weather, all cars have come to a complete stop before they start to cross a street. This is true even if they have a traffic light “walk” signal at a crosswalk. Cars can slide unexpectedly as they are trying to stop on the snow or ice and cause major injuries or death to the children as they are crossing.
Winter Weather Safety Tip #6: Be aware if your child has asthma, as the cold weather may aggravate his/her lungs.
Winter Weather Safety Tip #5: It is always a safe bet to ice skate at skating rinks. This is because some ponds and lakes may not be frozen enough to handle a skater.
Winter Weather Safety Tip #4: Make sure your child has appropriate shoes when walking to school. Sidewalks can get very slippery!
Winter Weather Safety Tip #3: Wear hat and gloves also to prevent body heat loss. Most of the body’s heat escapes through the head.
Winter Weather Safety Tip #2: Dress in layers to prevent body heat loss.
There are lots of fun winter activities for families this time of year. Over the next several posts we will take a look at winter weather safety tips to keep your children safe this winter season.
Winter Weather Safety Tip #1: Always wear a helmet while skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and playing other fast-paced slippery winter activities.
Tell your kids not to play on or walk on snowbanks near the street. The snow piles could collapse or they could slip into traffic.
Tell your children to never enter the street from between high snow banks. Drivers won’t be able to see a child until they are in the street. At that point it could be too late and a child could get run over.
When skating outdoors, make sure your child skates with at least one other person. Kids that skate alone could fall through the ice and drown. There would be no one to save them.