Winter safety: Advice for Parents and Kids
•Children shouldn’t play outside alone. Establish a buddy system with one or more friends and have them look out for one another. Children younger than 8 years of age should always be supervised outside. Check every so often on older children who are playing outdoors for a long time.
•Check often to see that your child is warm and dry. Younger children should take regular breaks and come inside for a warm drink.
•Never send children outside in extreme weather conditions such as snowstorms.
•Do not send your child outside to play if the temperature or the windchill is reported as -27oC (-16oF) or lower. At these temperatures, exposed skin will begin to freeze.
•Help children choose play areas with a warm shelter nearby (e.g., near home or a friend’s home).
•Apply sunscreen to exposed skin, even when it’s cloudy.