Outdoor activities aren’t only for the summer! Playing outside can be just at great during the colder winter months, but you have to know how to stay safe and warm.
Layers of warmth
One of the most important ways to stay warm is layering. When you’re in the snow, a t-shirt just won’t cut it. Putting on more clothing like sweaters, jackets and coats keeps the heat in and the cold out. Adjust the number of layers according to how cold it is, and you’re set!
Keep in mind that it’s important to cover as much of your body as possible. Often, earmuffs will be enough, but it might be best to cover your face for those extremely cold temperatures. When you or your kids start shivering, that’s when you know it’s time to go inside and warm up with a nice cup of cocoa.
When winter bites
Frostbite is one of the most important things to be aware of during winter. Minor frostbite can be recognized by slight greying of the skin, and can be treated by simply going inside and applying something warm, not hot, to the affected area. Heating pads or warm water can help in this case.
When the affected area starts to get numb, you should seek immediate medical attention. For prevention, it’s best to know your limits. Look at the windchill, and if it’s more than 20 degrees below zero, stay inside!
A wintery world of sports
Winter sports can be fun, but as with any sport, they come with risks. Whether it’s hockey, snowboarding or even sledding, wearing proper safety gear is a must. If you have children who play sports at any time of the year, know their limits. For example, a 9-year-old generally should play a contact sport with a 15-year-old.
Knowing what your kid can handle will help them have more fun on the field or on the ice.