Safety while out in the snow

Precautions you should take

When out in the snow you should take necessary precautions to prevent injury and be aware of winter safety hazards. Be wary of your surroundings such as tree limbs heavy under the weight of snow, icy patches on sidewalks and driveways as well as partially frozen lakes and ponds.

  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing for the task at hand.
    • A tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant coat or jacket; inner layers of light warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
  • Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches to avoid slip and fall injuries.
  • Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Work slowly when doing outside chores.
  • Recognize the weight of snow adds up quickly and can result in bodily injury.

Children and the Snow

Children lose heat from their skin faster than adults which makes them more susceptible to frostbite. This is especially true for very young children under the age of five. To have a fun and safe adventure outside, make sure to follow these tips when your children will be out in the colder weather:

  • Make sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather
  • Identify and remove sledding hazards such as rocks and avoid areas near trees and poles/posts
  • Make sure your child has a buddy while outside; and
  • Limit the amount of time spent outdoors when the temperatures are cold