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Winter Safety Tips


Think layers. Put several layers of clothing on and make sure your head, neck and hands are covered.

Beware of clothing hazards. Scarves and hood strings can strangle, get entangled and cause a choking hazard.

How Cold Are You? Be aware of the cold and come inside if you get wet or if you are cold and uncomfortable.

Use sunscreen. You can still get sunburn in the winter. Sun can reflect off the snow, so apply sunscreen.

Install alarms. More household fires happen during the winter so make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

Get equipped. You should always wear helmets when snowboarding, skiing, sledding or playing ice hockey. Any sports equipment should be professionally fitted.

Teach technique. It takes time to master fun winter activities like sledding, so make sure you know how to do the activity safely.

Prevent nosebleeds. If you suffer from minor winter nosebleeds, use a cold air humidifier in your room. Saline nose drops can help keep your nose moist.

Keep hydrated. In drier winter air you lose more water through your breath. Keep drinking and try to drink warm drinks and soup.

Watch for danger signs. Signs of frostbite are pale, grey or blistered skin on the fingers, ears, nose, and toes. If you think you have frostbite, go indoors and put the affected area in warm (not hot) water. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you think you have hypothermia call 9-1-1 immediately

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