If you live in an area where it snows a lot, you may be participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, ice skating, sledding or attending spectator sports. Being outside in the snow can be fun, as long as you keep a few very important safety rules in mind.
First, check the forecast and make sure you wear clothing that is appropriate for possible cold and slippery conditions. Wearing light layers under your coat is a good idea if you anticipate getting overheated, so you can adjust accordingly. If you’re going to be spending much time in the snow, waterproof gloves and boots, a hat and heavy socks will keep you warm and dry.
Did you know that you can get frostbite in a matter of minutes? Signs that it’s time to get inside and warm up are red or pale skin, and numbness and tingling of your hands or feet. Hot beverages and exercise can help, but be sure to go inside and warm up at the first sign of frostbite. To learn more about staying safe in the cold, check out Winter Safety Tips for Parents and Children, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2794526.
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