Children spend a great deal of time outdoors. They are outside while traveling to school, during school recess breaks, while waiting for their ride home and while playing. These activities do not stop when the cold winter weather arrives. NOTE: Much of the information in this article can also be applied to adults who spend time outdoors in winter.

Tips to Prevent Frostbite and Hypothermia:

Parents - Preparing Children for Cold Weather

Kids - Wear the Gear

Other Winter Safety Tips for Parents and Kids:

Ice Safety

In winter, frozen lakes and ponds can offer fun and affordable recreation. However, if ice conditions are ignored, there is a risk of falling through the ice. Thin ice related injuries such as hypothermia and drowning happen every year. Fortunately, these ice-related injuries and deaths can usually be prevented.

Ice Injury Prevention Tips

Prepare for the Ice:

Check out the Ice:

If in doubt about the safety of ice, do not go on the ice.

On the Ice:

Rescue Procedures

If you go through the ice, follow these 'Self-rescue Steps':

  1. Float on your stomach facing the shore.
  2. Slowly reach forward onto the ice - do not push down on it.
  3. Kick your legs to slowly push your torso (the upper part of your body) onto the ice. If you can't climb onto the ice, float in the water and call fro help loudly and clearly.
  4. Once back up onto the ice, crawl or roll away from the hole.
  5. Get medical help immediately. 

Helping Others:

REMEMBER: Reach or throw - but don't go.