LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Monday is the first day of winter for 2015, which means parents can expect freezing temperatures, snowstorms, icy roads, and slippery sidewalks.
According to a press release from the Livingston County Department of Health, parents can take the following steps to make sure their children have a safe, healthy and happy winter.
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Be sure to dress children appropriately, in many layers. Hats, mittens, scarves, and boots are most important because they cover the parts of the body that lose the most heat.
Do not expose children to the cold for a long period of time. Children love to play outside for as long as possible and might not realize how cold they are.
Be sure that children get out of wet clothes immediately. Their bodies have a hard time warming up when clothes are wet.
Make sure sledding equipment is in good working condition, make sure children are sledding on land that is free of dangerous objects and roads.
Children should be encouraged to sit up when riding a sled downhill to avoid the chance of head and abdominal injuries in a possible crash.
Children should ice skate only on approved surfaces. Check with local authorities to find out which areas have been approved.
Be sure children are wearing a hockey or ski helmet when sledding or ice-skating.
The Department of Health encourages anyone with winter health or safety questions to call (585) 243-7299 or to visit their website here.