June 24, 2018

Cold weather safety


It is a good idea for parents and guardians to talk with their children about cold weather safety. Extra care is needed, especially in younger children, to prevent frostbite.

Make sure all children, including teenagers, wear appropriate outerwear every day. Warm jackets, hats, scarves, boots and an extra pair of gloves in their pockets will protect them during extremely cold temperatures.

Develop an emergency plan and review it with your children in case you are not home either before or after school. If a bus is delayed, children need to know where, when and how to get help. Talk to your children about what to do if you are not home while they are waiting outside for the bus in cold weather. Discuss how long they may wait outside, where to go if the bus is delayed, and the risks and dangers of extreme weather.

Advise children to seek help if:

• They are wearing wet clothing, boots or gloves, with snow or ice next to bare skin, and cannot remove the clothing/boots/gloves.

• They feel pain, numbness or burning anywhere on their skin, and especially on their hands, feet, ears or nose.

• If they have to wait longer than five minutes if temperatures have dipped into the teens, especially on a windy day.

Teach your children about:

• When to ask for help.

• Where to find safe shelter in an emergency.

• Whether there is a designated adult they can go to in your neighborhood.

• How to protect themselves with proper winter clothing.

• The danger signs of frostbite.

If you have further questions about cold weather safety or other health issues, contact your child's school nurse.