Winter is here and that means freezing temperatures, snowstorms, icy roads, and slippery sidewalks. The winter weather comes with a variety of health and safety hazards.
Winter is here and that means freezing temperatures, snowstorms, icy roads, and slippery sidewalks. The winter weather comes with a variety of health and safety hazards. Protect your children during the winter months. Follow the tips below, to keep your children safe from injury or illness:
Dress your children appropriately. Children should be dressed in many layers. Hats, mittens, scarves and boots are most important because they cover the parts of the body that lose the most heat.
Do not expose your children to the cold for a long period of time. Children love to stay outside for as long as possible and when playing they may not realize how cold they are.
Be sure your children get out of their wet clothes immediately. Their bodies have a hard time warming up when clothes are wet.
Sledding equipment should be in good working condition and be sure children are sledding on land that is free of dangerous objects and roads.
Children should be encouraged to sit up when riding downhill to avoid the chance of head and abdominal injuries.
Children should skate only on approved surfaces. Check with local authorities to find out which areas have been approved.
Be sure children are wearing a hockey or ski helmet when sledding or ice-skating.
For any questions regarding winter safety please contact the Livingston County Department of Health at 585-243-7299 or visit www.livingstoncounty.us/doh.htm.