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OUTDOOR Safety During Cold Weather

January 21, 2013
Baby, it's cold outside!


Baby, it’s cold outside!

Winter Outdoor Safety Checklist:

  • Dress warmly and stay dry
  • Understand wind chill
  • Avoid exertion
  • Avoid ice
  • Be safe during recreation
  • Be cautious about travel
  • Recognize hypothermia

Warm dress – layers; insistence with those who resist;  STAY DRY – anything wet should come off and be replaced by dry!OR it’s time to come inside! Check on children’ frequently.

Make sure their heads are covered, hands are covered, boots are dry, and they wear a scarf to prevent drafts. Ssupervise, supervise, supervise! your child’s outdoor activity. Many children get hot from playing and begin to peel off their clothes. Do not allow them to do this. Its time to bring your child indoors for a break when they reach this point. Make sure adequate gloves and warm shoes are available to prevent frostbite from happening as well.


Wind chill – even a slight “breeze” raises the chances of frost bite and hypothermiaPost these numbers where you can find them!

Exertion – adults – work slowly, rest frequently

Ice – note the checklist says “avoid”. That may mean more than just stepping over or walking around. It may mean staying inside. If you use ice cleates on your shoes or boots, continue to exercise caution. They are not 100% slip proof.

Recreation – Some of the following comes from Kimberly Sharpe at Yahoo Voices. Note such words/phrases as “never,” “at all times,” “make sure,” “always,” “remember.”


Never let your child sled without adult supervision
Make sure the hill is safe with adequate snow fall and snow pack
Make sure there are no obstacles such as trees or stumps.
Make sure your child wears a helmet
Never let your child go down a hill head first
Make sure your child dresses warmly

Snow cave building – HOW TO’S

Can be “child’s play;” can be deadlyShelter or ambush?

Skiing, Snowboarding, Snow Shoes, Cross-country Skiing

Use good equipment and the right equipment
Consider wearing a helmet
Purchase clothing that fits the sport
Carry a pack with liquids and snacks in case you become lost
Carry a two way radio and your cell phone
Carry a first aid kit
Wear sunblock
Wear eye protection


Wear protective gear at all times such as helmet, goggles, and gloves
Always travel in a group
Always carry a first aid kit
Always pack a pack with snacks and water
Always carry a two way radio
Remember to bring your cell phone even though you might not have service
Carry flares
Always stay on designated trails

Travel – click to read more

1. Know your route and keep abreast of weather conditions.

2. Drink plenty of water.  According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, as little as a 1-2 percent loss of body weight can lead to fatigue and reduced alertness —

3. Eat enough food. Your body needs more nourishment in cold weather t . Carry a day’s worth of high-energy food and water in a warm area of your vehicle in case you are stranded for a few hours.

4. Pack a winter travel safety kit. Include a cell phone, an ice scraper and brush, a tow rope, cat litter (for use as a traction aid), blankets, a good flashlight, a candle, matches, a good book, a portable weather radio and a can of lock de-icer..

5. Slow down.

8. Keep your tires in good condition and properly inflated.

9. Make frequent rest stops.

10. If you get stuck, stay in your vehicle. Stay warm and wait for assistance.

Get a First Aid Book - study it from time to time.

Get a First Aid Book – study it from time to time.

Hypothermia – review symptoms and treatment on such websites as


Know the symptoms and seek emergency medical attention. Just like any other medical emergency, if professional medical assistence is not readily available, consult your First Aid Book to review procedures until help arrives. If you don’t have a  First Aid Book – GET ONE!



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