Cold Weather Safety Tips

1. Check your children’s temperatures more regularly than you would in the warmer months.

2. Place thick curtains (or quilts for a temporary fix) over windows in the home, especially if you live in an older home, to block out cold air.

3. Make sure you don’t have any large pieces of furniture blocking the heat source in your home.

4. Come up with activities to get your family active even on the coldest of days.

5. Put sunscreen on your children before outdoor activities, regardless of how overcast it is.

6. Don’t bathe children, especially infants and toddlers, every day and use perfume free soaps when you do to keep your children’s skin moisturized during winter months.

7. Consider getting a humidifier to make sure the air in your home doesn’t get too dry.

8. Load up on groceries and nonperishables in case of a snow storm.

9. Do not let children play outside if the temperature is below -16 degrees F.

10. Tell children if they get wet, they should go inside.

11. Feed your family healthy fats to increase metabolism and produce body heat.

12. Try to get your family to wear sunglasses out in the snow to be protected from glare.

13. If you’re using a space heater, keep all other items or pieces of furniture at least three feet away.

14. Run a trickle of water to prevent pipes from freezing.

15.  For icy steps or sidewalks around your home, mix 1 tsp of Dawn Dishwashing liquid, 1 Tbn of rubbing alcohol and ½ gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways.

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