The winter weather isn’t going anywhere for a while, so get cozy and check out this interactive landscape provided by safercar.gov. http://www.nhtsa.gov/links/WinterDrivingTips/index.html There are lots of great winter tips for no mater what your travel plans may be. You can cruise around the interactive safety landscape to reveal tips and reminders on safe driving measures to get to your destination safely.
Here are some other winter safety tips from Safe Kids Grand Forks:
Winter Pedestrian Safety
• Keep driveways and sidewalks well shoveled and apply materials such as rock salt or sand to improve traction.
• Remember the rules of pedestrian safety such as using sidewalks, stopping at the curb or edge of the road before crossing and looking left, right, and left again for traffic. Children should keep looking and listening as they cross.
• Never let children play in the street.
• Make sure children wear appropriate shoes and clothing with retro-reflective material while walking in snowy conditions.
• All winter activities require warm, dry clothing. Children should be dressed in:
– A hat: warm, close-fitting and covering ear lobes; not a ‘fashion; hat or baseball cap.
– Mittens: gloves do not keep hands warm as effectively as mittens.
– Loose layers: an absorbent synthetic fabric next to skin, a warmer middle layer, and a water resistant/repellant outer layer.
– Socks: a single pair of socks, either wool or a wool blend (with silk or polypropylene) is better than cotton which offers no insulation when wet. Avoid extra thick socks as they can cause cold feet by restricting blood flow and air circulation around the toes.
– Boots: be sure boots are dry and not too tight.
Winter Recreation Safety
• Make sure terrain is free of obstacles and far from traffic. Children should sled on packed snow (not ice) that is free of debris. Check carefully for snow covered hazards such as rocks, tree limbs and stumps that could endanger sledders.
• Use equipments that is sturdy and safety constructed. Avoid equipment with sharp and jagged edges.
• Examine handholds on sleds to be sure they are secure.
• Never ride in a sled pulled by a motorized vehicle.
Frostbite differs in severity:
• First degree: There is a burning sensation. Skin turns red and stings.
• Second degree: Skin has a gray or yellow tint and feels tender; there may be a “pins and needles” sensation.
• Third degree: Skin has a waxy white appearance and it feels numb.
What to do:
• Take the child indoors.
• Call a doctor.
• Never massage affected frostbite area(s) as it causes maceration of tissue and severe pain.
• Tell the child to wiggle the affected body part(s) to increase blood supply to that area.
• Warm the frozen part(s) against the body.
For more information, contact Safe Kids Grand Forks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Altru Health System is proud to serve as the lead agency for Safe Kids Grand Forks.