Supervision Equals Safety This Winter Season
For many children, winter does not bring an end to outdoor fun. From sledding to skiing, snowmobiling to ice skating, children find lots to do when the snow starts to fall. Unfortunately, the cold season can also lead to tragedy. For 10-year-old Joshua of Minnesota, it was a deadly snowmobile incident. Five-year-old Jonathan from Massachusetts nearly drowned. Frostbite affected 3-year-old Nicole of Colorado. But winter does not need to be a tragic time for children. When properly prepared, they can enjoy a safe and fun-filled winter wonderland.
"The inviting snow draws children to ice-covered lakes and ski slopes each winter, regardless of the frigid temperatures and the risks," says Montgomery County Safe Kids Coalition. "Parents should watch their children closely, limit their outdoor playtime and make sure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather."
The Montgomery County Safe Kids Coalition recommends the following tips to help keep your children safe:
- Winter Drowning
- Pedestrian Safety
- Winter Sports and Activities
- Ice Skating
- Snow Skiing and Snowboarding
The Montgomery County Safe Kids Coalition is part of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, the first and only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury—the number one killer of children ages 14 and under. More than 300 state and local SAFE KIDS coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico comprise the Campaign.