Today we round out our four part series on winter safety. Monday we looked at general winter safety tips, Tuesday we looked at skiing and snowboarding safety tips, Wednesday was new year’s day, then yesterday we looked at sledding and snowmobiling safety tips. Today we finish off with staying safe while having fun in the snow.
Unfortunately, today’s post is going to make me look like somewhat of a party-pooper because I’m going to have to tell you not to do a lot of things that most of us probably doing.
1. Do not construct snow forts with roofs or dig tunnels in the snow. The simple truth is that snow can start to melt and the snow above can collapse on the child. Snow forts that have only wall around them are okay.
2. Do not allow children to play on or around the piles of snow from snow plows. The hills of snow are tempting but that snow got there because it’s part of the plows’ route and the plow will probably be back. That pile obscures the drivers view and might result in a child being buried in snow and suffocating.
3. When playing with snowballs, children should never throw snowballs at each other. Snowballs can contain rocks or pieces of ice which can be extremely dangerous, especially if they hit a child in the eye.
4. Be aware of icicles and snow on the roofs. Many people are injured each year by icicles that break off, falling on those below. Snow can also slide off the roof and bury anyone under the eaves. Teach children to play well away from danger areas which may include power lines where icicles can also accumulate.
5. Be aware of ice that covers trees and branches, weighing them down. Ice covered branches are responsible for a lot of injuries each year. Do not allow children to go out and play when there is a danger of ice bringing down trees limbs or power lines.
Winter isn’t the favorite time of year for most adults but for children, especially when it snows, it can become a whole new world of fun and adventure. Making sure that children are properly supervised and taught to recognize dangerous conditions can help keep outdoor fun from turning into a trip to the ER.