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Winter Safety Tips

Winter Safety Tips
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Here are some helpful tips to keep children healthy and safe this winter.

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Winter Safety Tips

Clothing

  • Dress children in layers. Remember: Little bodies have a more difficult time regulating temperatures than adults.
  • Cover the hands, neck and head to prevent frostbite and to keep the body warm.
  • Mittens keep hands warmer than gloves.
  • Use coats with Velcro or snap enclosures. Remove all draw strings to prevent potential strangling. Use neck warmers instead of scarves.

Outdoor Fun

  • Use sunscreen. Although it’s cold outside, it’s still important to apply sunscreen to exposed areas. Remember: Children and adults can still get sunburned during the winter months.
  • Take a break. Schedule periodic times for children to come inside from the cold and warm up.
  • Make sure children drink liquids before going back outside. In the dry winter air, children can become dehydrated quickly.

Indoor Safety

  • Protect children around fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, and even portable heaters. Use barriers when possible to keep them from getting too close
  • Test the batteries in ALL smoke detectors.
  • Invest in a carbon monoxide detector and have it close to where family members sleep.
  • Keep babies safe and warm while sleeping by dressing them in a one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket. Avoid loose bedding like blankets or quilts, which are potential suffocation hazards.

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics, Safe Kids Worldwide

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