Friday, January 19, 2018

Winter Weather Safety Tips for Your Kids

While winter can be a fun time of year for your kids, between the snow days, making snowman, snow angels, and all of the other fun snow activities, safety in the cold - should still be a priority. Are your kids dressed warmly enough? Are they using caution while sledding and playing outside? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you some tips to help keep your children safe during these colder winter months.

Winter Weather Safety Tips for Your Kids

Safety Tip # 1
Dress them in layers.
Dress your children in warm layers to where they won't get cold right away when walking outside. They say to dress your children in 1 more layer then you would yourself, as an adult. Keep an eye on the wind chill too. Keep as much skin as possible covered to help prevent frostbite. This can include dressing your kids in:

  • mittens
  • waterproof boots
  • ear muffs
  • cotas
  • sweaters
  • ski masks
  • coveralls
  • and so much more!

Safety Tip # 2
Make sure they have all the safety equipment they need while ice-skating.
Ice skating can be a very popular activity do participate in during the winter, so don't be afraid to let your kids join in. Here are some things you can do to help make for a safer ice skating experience for your children:

  • Be sure their ice skates are tight enough to where they won't rub on their ankles
  • Consider having them wear a helmet
  • Make sure they understand all of the rules of the ice skating rink
  • Supervise your children while ice skating

Safety Tip # 3
Be sure your kids are supervised while playing outside in the snow.
Prevent your kids from wandering out on to the road or from "rough housing" by keeping a close eye on them while playing in the snow. Suggest a fun activity for you all to do together, such as making a snowman or  snow angels.

Safety Tip # 4
Make sure your children are taking frequent breaks inside from the snow.
Kids can get so excited that they forget to come inside and warm up, so remind them. You don't want them to catch a cold.

Stay Safe this Winter With Central Ozarks Medical Center

We are committed to leading the way to healthier communities. All of our locations are community practices and we serve everyone from newborns to the elderly. We accept patients with and without insurance and offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family. To learn more about the health care services we provide or our sliding fee scale, visit our website at or call one of our locations listed below.

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