LIVEWELL MINUTE: Teaching Winter Safety
Every year, more than a quarter million children are injured while participating in winter sports.
Dr. Amna Jafry of Blank Children’s Hospital says, “Despite the cold temperatures outdoors, the snow still draws children to play. Exposure to the cold without adequate protection can result in frostbite, especially in younger children and infants as they tend to lose body heat quickly.”
Keep your children safe outdoors this winter by:
- Setting reasonable time limits and supervising outdoor play.
- Reminding your children NOT to sled down the hill headfirst and to sit up and face forward.
- Make sure your children choose a hill that does not lead to a street, a body of water or a crowded gathering place.
- Make sure your children are wearing a proper helmet, eye protection and warm clothing.
Dr. Jafry says, “Parents should really pay attention when their children are involved in winter sports and other outdoor activities. Teaching your children these simple winter safety tips can help to prevent major accidents and a trip to the emergency room.