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Winter Safety Tips from CHOP Pediatric Care

During the months of winter wonderland, make sure that safety is your number one concern. Kids yearn for snow days and the chance to spend the day outside sledding and making snow angels. Make sure you don't send your little snow angels out unprepared. Take these simple precautions when sending your kids out in the cold:

Make sure to dress warmly!

  • Layering works best; this will help you both keep warm and dry.
  • Don't forget warm socks, a hat, mittens or gloves and a scarf.

Ice Skating on a Pond

  • Have a grown-up check the ice before you head out.
  • Only skate or play on frozen ponds when a grown-up is watching.
  • It is a good idea to wear a helmet when skating.
  • Obey posted warning signs. If they say "KEEP OFF," Keep off.
  • If you see an animal on the ice, that doesn't mean the ice is safe for you.
  • Last but not least - if someone falls through the ice into a pond, call 9-1-1 right away!

Sledding, Skiing and Snowboarding

  • Make sure you sled where there is nothing in your way (like trees, benches, houses, rocks). Check for things that might be buried under the snow.
  • Only go sledding when it is light out.
  • Make sure the hill is far away from streets and traffic.
  • Remember to always sit with your feet forward when sledding.
  • Make sure not to have too many kids on one sled.
  • Protect your head and wear a bike or ski helmet when you are sledding, skiing or snowboarding.

Playing Outside

  • Streets, driveways and sidewalks can be pretty slippery in the winter. Watch your step.
  • Make sure you wear bright colors (not white or you will blend in with the snow) so drivers are sure to see you.
  • Don't play on snow banks that are near a street, parking lot or driveway.
  • Be careful if you are digging in snow.

Last Updated: 12/16/2009