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Winter Safety Tips for the Family

During winter, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of days off and time spent outdoors in a winter wonderland. But unless you're being safe, winter weather can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Follow these tips from Lisa Eckenrode, Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator of Paoli Hospital to enjoy a safe and snowy season.

A snow day is every child's dream come true. But before you let them go out and celebrate, remember to follow these snow day safety tips

Before venturing outside, make sure the kids are bundled up. Snow can seep through clothes easily, leaving you cold, wet, and more likely to get sick on what is supposed to be a fun day outside. Opt for sweatpants or waterproof ski or snow pants instead of jeans. Don't forget a hat, face mask, earmuffs, and gloves to protect your face on especially cold days, and keep scarves tucked into coats rather than letting them hang outside of the coat and attract snow.

Playing outside (even when it's cold) can be hard work. Don't forget to refuel with frequent breaks for water, or a warmer drink like soup or hot chocolate. This will keep your body warm and hydrated.

Sometimes, it's easy to forget safety when it's snowing, but remember that kids shouldn't play on a pond or lake unless it has been checked by an adult and is safe to play on. Even then, children should be supervised. Avoid sledding or playing in any areas that could be extremely icy, and only allow children to play in areas that you are familiar with. Snow or not, safety is still the most important factor.

Of course, winter isn't just fun for the kids. Adults enjoy walks in the snow or winter sports activities almost as much as their little ones enjoy a snow day. If you're heading out to enjoy the weather, set the right example by following these safety tips.

When you're walking in the wintertime, make sure you're keeping your feet warm and dry. Rubber boots and shoes will give you more traction that leather or plastic footwear, so consider carrying the shoes you want to wear in a bag or backpack until you reach your destination. Keep an eye out for building entrances in the winter, too. These areas tend to be particularly slippery.

Holiday parties and snowed-in days and evenings often mean enjoying a drink. If you plan on drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or make sure there is someone who is not drinking any alcoholic beverages. Never drive if you are under the influence of alcohol, even if you have only had one drink. If nobody is sober and you need to travel, call a cab or take alternate transportation.

Driving safely is important all year-round, but it's especially important during the winter. Remember to drive safely and watch out for black ice. Keep in mind that bridges freeze before roadways, so drive carefully over any that you encounter. Avoid distracted driving; have somebody else handle phone calls and the radio.

Enjoying winter can be fun for everyone in your family, as long as it's being done safely. If you do have an emergency, seek medical attention immediately. The Paoli Hospital Trauma Center is the only hospital in Chester County with a trauma center accreditation, and recently earned a 98 percent patient satisfaction rating.
 
Posted by Main Line Health on 2/8/2013 3:04:21 PM
Read more articles about: Trauma, Paoli_Hospital

Winter Safety Tips for the Family

During winter, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of days off and time spent outdoors in a winter wonderland. But unless you're being safe, winter weather can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Follow these tips from Lisa Eckenrode, Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator of Paoli Hospital to enjoy a safe and snowy season.

A snow day is every child's dream come true. But before you let them go out and celebrate, remember to follow these snow day safety tips

Before venturing outside, make sure the kids are bundled up. Snow can seep through clothes easily, leaving you cold, wet, and more likely to get sick on what is supposed to be a fun day outside. Opt for sweatpants or waterproof ski or snow pants instead of jeans. Don't forget a hat, face mask, earmuffs, and gloves to protect your face on especially cold days, and keep scarves tucked into coats rather than letting them hang outside of the coat and attract snow.

Playing outside (even when it's cold) can be hard work. Don't forget to refuel with frequent breaks for water, or a warmer drink like soup or hot chocolate. This will keep your body warm and hydrated.

Sometimes, it's easy to forget safety when it's snowing, but remember that kids shouldn't play on a pond or lake unless it has been checked by an adult and is safe to play on. Even then, children should be supervised. Avoid sledding or playing in any areas that could be extremely icy, and only allow children to play in areas that you are familiar with. Snow or not, safety is still the most important factor.

Of course, winter isn't just fun for the kids. Adults enjoy walks in the snow or winter sports activities almost as much as their little ones enjoy a snow day. If you're heading out to enjoy the weather, set the right example by following these safety tips.

When you're walking in the wintertime, make sure you're keeping your feet warm and dry. Rubber boots and shoes will give you more traction that leather or plastic footwear, so consider carrying the shoes you want to wear in a bag or backpack until you reach your destination. Keep an eye out for building entrances in the winter, too. These areas tend to be particularly slippery.

Holiday parties and snowed-in days and evenings often mean enjoying a drink. If you plan on drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or make sure there is someone who is not drinking any alcoholic beverages. Never drive if you are under the influence of alcohol, even if you have only had one drink. If nobody is sober and you need to travel, call a cab or take alternate transportation.

Driving safely is important all year-round, but it's especially important during the winter. Remember to drive safely and watch out for black ice. Keep in mind that bridges freeze before roadways, so drive carefully over any that you encounter. Avoid distracted driving; have somebody else handle phone calls and the radio.

Enjoying winter can be fun for everyone in your family, as long as it's being done safely. If you do have an emergency, seek medical attention immediately. The Paoli Hospital Trauma Center is the only hospital in Chester County with a trauma center accreditation, and recently earned a 98 percent patient satisfaction rating.
 
Posted by Main Line Health on 2/8/2013 3:04:21 PM
Read more articles about: Trauma, Paoli_Hospital
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