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Safety in a Winter Wonderland

December 2002 Issue

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Many people are now in the grasp of winter weather. With the seasonal change comes the added joy of snow, ice, and frigid temperatures. At times a white blanket of snow can be beautiful and fun for kids of all ages but there are safety concerns to keep in mind.

Cold weather means a switch to home heating and the use of alternative heating methods. Make sure furnaces and chimneys have been checked and cleaned by a professional before use.

If portable heating units are used, keep them at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn (walls, bedding, drapes, toys, etc.) Keep children away from such units and never leave a child unattended in a room when a space heater is in use.
Safety in Winter Wonderland
Make sure smoke detectors on each floor of your home are operational and fitted with fresh batteries. For added protection, install carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of your home as well. A carbon monoxide detector will warn you of any increases in this deadly gas which is a by-product of burning fossil fuels.

Equip your car for winter weather as well. Snow tires are a must. In colder climates, you may also want to carry tire chains to get out of emergency snow situations. Keep a blanket, flashlight (with fresh batteries), matches, candles, and a tin can in your car. If stranded, you can melt snow in the tin can and have water available until help arrives.

Dress children appropriately. Pay particular attention to their faces, ears, noses, hands, and feet. Layered clothing keeps the body warmer and has the added benefit of allowing quick adjustments to the temperature – too warm, remove a layer. If children are skiing or sledding, make sure they wear protective headgear in the form of an approved helmet. If conditions are icy, stay in and keep your children inside – ice is nearly impossible to navigate.

Clear snow from sidewalks and driveways as quickly and completely as possible. For sidewalks and driveways, keep a quantity of rock salt or other de-icing products on hand. Don’t forget the roof and hood of your car – the people in the car behind you will thank you. Daylight sun and the warmth of a running engine will loosen the snow as you drive. It is an unexpected scare to have a sheet of snow headed towards you from the car ahead.

So now that you have winterized your home, get out with your kids and make some snow angels - enjoy Mother Nature’s frozen world!


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