Getting outside in the winter is a great way for families to be active. Your child needs to be safe while doing winter activities like sledding and playing in the snow. To help
lower the risk of your child getting hurt, make sure:
Check the weather forecast so you know how to dress for the day. Choose play areas with warm shelters nearby.
Wear the Gear
While outside in the winter, dress in layers, have a windproof and waterproof outer layer, and wear the following:
Snow forts can be fun, but building tunnels can be dangerous. Tunnels can collapse and suffocate a child.
Watch your child for wet clothes, feeling chilled, frostbite, and being tired. Remove wet clothes and boots after sledding. Teach your child about frostbite and hypothermia and how important it is to dress warmly.
Before and during sledding, you should:
Your child must be supervised by a responsible adult. If your child is under 5, have a responsible adult on the sled with him or her.
Sledding can be activity that the entire family can enjoy. Remember the following:
Current as of: December 3, 2018
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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