Although we are currently experiencing a break from our regularly scheduled January chill, we can expect a return to the colder temperatures and winter weather we normally see this time of year.  We wanted to provide some reminders about cold weather safety and pass along some tips for making the most out of the cold days ahead.

The American Red Cross provides a good resource for steps people can take to stay safe during cold weather.  To highlight a few:

  1. Layer up.  Wear multiple layers of clothing and adjust them as your body temperature dictates.  Gloves and hats are always a good idea.
  2. Space heaters.  Always keep combustibles at least three feet from a space heater.
  3. Protect your pipes.  Try to let your water faucets run at a trickle, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors and always close your garage door if there are water lines in the garage.
  4. Generators.  Never use a generator indoors, including in basements and garages.
  5. Pets.  If you cannot bring your pets indoors make sure they have access to unfrozen water.

You can access the full Red Cross safety list here.

For outdoor fun and activities, there are a number of safety resources on sledding, ice-skating, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.  Information on frostbite, hypothermia and related cold weather dangers are widely available and go hand in hand with preparing for outdoor cold weather activities.  Check out the cold weather activity safety information from the American Academy of PediatricsParents Magazine and Healthychilderen.org (Audio).

Winter can be a fun time of the year, so remember to plan ahead and stay safe!