Snow hazards

I have a kid who loves the snow! It’s really amazing how it can be freezing outside but that snow just calls to kids.  It’s so fun!  You can fall backwards and make a snow angel, build a snowman, have a snowball fight, build a snow house and go sledding – all in your backyard! It’s also great exercise and the perfect thing to do when cabin fever hits.

Of course, danger is always lurking in the snow too (and I’m not talking about the yellow snow!).  In addition to the importance of bundling up and checking frequently for wet clothing, taking precautions to ensure children cannot be hidden by the snow is really important.

Recently in our region, a story made headlines when a parent came home and didn’t see a child in the snow covered driveway.  Thankfully, the news reported that injuries were not life-threatening. However, this story is a really important reminder to be extra careful where snow and vehicles intersect.

Here are a couple reminders:

  • Make sure children are always in brightly colored clothing and supervised by an adult when playing in the snow.
  • Remind children not to play near driveways or near the road.  This is typically where snow gets piled up for that would-be-perfect igloo – but it’s a huge hazard.
  • The brightness of white snow can often make it difficult to see.  Make sure you have an extra pair of sunglasses in your car for when the snow can be blinding.

Growing up in Wisconsin, I remember the hours spent out in the snow, only coming in for a change of gloves and maybe a hot chocolate.  We’re lucky to live in a place where there are four seasons and our children can experience the beauty of freshly fallen snow. Moments of playing in the snow as a child continue to be some of my favorite memories. Taking these precautions will hopefully ensure Mary will have great winter memories of her own!

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