Playing in the Snow Safely

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When snow and freezing temperatures are in the forecast, make sure you’re prepared before venturing out in the snow. Playing outside is healthy for everyone, but frostbite can put a damper on the fun.

Warm Clothing

Dress appropriately for the weather. Any part of the body can be affected by frostbite, but extremities such as hands, feet, ears, and noses are more susceptible to the cold. High altitudes, windy, and wet weather can increase your risk of injury to cold weather, as well as your age.

Did You Know

Babies and the elderly are especially at risk for developing cold weather injuries, so ensure they are prepared with hand, ear and face protection when heading outside.

Child playing in snow

How to Dress for the Snow & Cold

  • A hat and clothing made of tightly woven fibres.
  • A few lighter layers protect better than one heavy garment. Try loose layers such as an absorbent synthetic fabric next to skin, a warmer middle layer and a water resistant/repellent outer layer.
  • 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 slowing circulation.
  • Tube-shaped neck warmers instead of scarves to avoid strangulation during play. If scarves must be used, tuck them into jackets.
  • Boots that are not too tight.
  • Jackets that are zipped up.
  • Hoods and jackets without drawstrings, as they are a safety hazard for children. Remove them or buy clothes without them.
  • 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 slowing circulation.
  • Tube-shaped neck warmers instead of scarves to avoid strangulation during play. If scarves must be used, tuck them into jackets.
  • Boots that are not too tight.
  • Jackets that are zipped up.
  • Hoods and jackets without drawstrings, as they are a safety hazard for children. Remove them or buy clothes without them.
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