When it gets cold outside, kids want to get out and play, but safety should always come first. Take this quick quiz to see if you know your winter safety.
How many people were treated for a winter sports injury in 2010?
The answer is E) All of the above, combined. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2010 there were 58,500 injuries from ice skating; 144,000 injuries from snow skiing; 148,000 injuries from snowboarding; and 91,000 injuries from sledding and tobogganing. You don’t have to be good at math to know that’s a lot of people getting hurt every winter. That means everyone needs to be careful, especially children.1
Here are few tips to help keep kids safe during wintertime activities:
Adults should always watch children while they’re enjoying winter activities.2
Make sure the area is safe from obstacles such as rocks, poles, water and roads.2
Children younger than 12 should wear a helmet around snow and ice.2
Children should be dressed warmly—one layer more than an adult would wear.3
It’s possible for a child to get a sunburn in the snow. True or False?
The answer is True. That goes for adults, too. Did you know that the snow can reflect up to 85 percent of the sun’s harmful light, called ultraviolet rays? Putting sunscreen on your child’s face is a good idea for those sunny, snowy days.4
It’s possible for a baby to get dangerously cold in 60-degree weather. True or False?
The answer is True, if it’s wet and windy.2 Hypothermia is a medical emergency that happens when your body loses heat faster than it can make it. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 degrees. Hypothermia happens if your body temperature drops below 95 degrees. Signs of hypothermia in infants include bright red, cold skin and very low energy. If you think a child has been exposed to cold weather for too long and has these symptoms, call 911 immediately and help the child get warm. Symptoms of hypothermia in adults include shivering, slurred speech, confusion, and drowsiness.5
It’s important to remember to dress your child in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in winter weather.3 Children lose heat faster than adults, especially from their head.5 So make sure children keep their hat on while they play outside in the cold.
What should you keep in your car for winter safety?
You guessed it. The answer is K) All of the above. Getting stuck or stranded in cold weather can be scary and dangerous, especially if you have children with you. If your car won’t start and you can’t run the heater, it’s important to have the items on this list handy until help arrives. It’s a good idea to tell someone where you’re going and when you should arrive if the weather is really bad outside, like if it’s snowing or really cold.3,5
These wintertime safety tips for kids are a good reminder to help family and friends keep safety a top priority.
Last updated December 2013