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posted by: LIT First Aid on: October 26, 2019


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The winter season brings snowcapped mountains, holiday street lights, and an overall cheerful atmosphere. Families can enjoy many fun winter activities, like skiing, snowboarding, sledding and building snowmen. However, it's important to be wary of the many dangers and hazards that come with this sometimes brutal weather. Kids especially are subject to more accidents and illnesses during this time. 

 

Here are some tips to keep your children safe during the winter months!

 

Winter activity safety

Accidents-related to winter activities are all too common. Unsafe practices when participating in sports like ice-skating, skiing, sledding, and snowboarding can send children into the emergency room. This is not to say that kids should avoid these activities, but they need to practice safe-play so they can have fun without injury. 

 

Tips to prevent accidents include:

  • stay in shape for the sport
  • warm-up properly 
  • always wear protection
  • test your equipment
  • learn how to fall
  • follow safety rules
  • know your limits
  • stop when you're tired
  • stay hydrated
 

Hygiene at home

During this season, it's easy for people to get sick and pass the illness on to others. Be sure to practice personal hygiene, including frequent hand-washing to avoid passing germs from classmates to other members of the family. 

 

Dress for the weather you're in, not the weather you want

Kids should dress in layers of clothes to stay safe and warm from the cold. When it snows, the top layer of clothing tends to get wet so having a waterproof top layer is a great way to prevent the snow from soaking into your children's clothes. As well, it's recommended to use sunscreen on body parts not covered by clothing to prevent sunburn; snow reflects up to 82% of the sun. Lastly, wearing a winter hat can prevent serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia.

 

Be a prepared parent

Though you do your best to prevent mishaps from happening to your kids, accidents do happen. And that's why they call them accidents because it's unintentional and unavoidable. What you can do is be prepared for when an injury occurs and know how to administer proper first aid to quickly help your child. L.I.T's First Aid Training Courses offer basic first-aid training to ensure you're ready and able to assist in any emergency. Don't leave yourself helpless when an accident strikes, sign-up for a course today.

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