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Winter Safety Tips!
Copyright American Academy of Pediatrics, 01/2013
Winter Sports and Activities Set reasonable time limits on outdoor play to prevent hypothermia and frostbite. Have children come inside periodically to warm up. Using alcohol or drugs before any winter activity, like snowmobiling or skiing, is dangerous and should not be permitted in any situation. Ice Skating Allow children to skate only on approved surfaces. Check for signs posted by local police or recreation departments, or call your local police department to find out which areas have been approved. Advise your child to: o Skate in the same direction as the crowd o Avoid darting across the ice o Never skate alone o Not chew gum or eat candy while skating. o Consider having your child wear a helmet while ice skating. Sledding Keep sledders away from motor vehicles. Children should be supervised while sledding. Keep young children separated from older children. Sledding feet first or sitting up, instead of lying down head-first, may prevent head injuries. Consider having your child wear a helmet while sledding. Use steerable sleds, not snow disks or inner tubes. Sleds should be structurally sound and free of sharp edges and splinters, and the steering mechanism should be well lubricated. Sled slopes should be free of obstructions like trees or fences, be covered in snow not ice, not be too steep (slope of less than 30 deg), and end with a flat runoff. Avoid sledding in crowded areas.
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