Much of the country has been struck this season by record low temperatures and never-before-seen snowfalls. How do we keep young children safe and warm through it all?
Three pages of helpful Cold Weather Safety tips from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).
The tips fall into five categories:
- Sleeping Safely in Any Season
- Bundle Up!
- Keeping Healthy Outdoors
- Staying Safe Indoors and in Vehicles
- Infection Control
Some may already be familiar, like: Dress children in layers of warm clothing. If the top layer gets wet, they still have a dry later underneath.
Others, like this one, may be new to you: Car seats and winter coats don’t mix. Bulky coats can compress in a crash and create a loose car set harness. Instead, lay the jacket or a blanket over children once you’ve safely strapped them into their car seat.
You can find the Cold Weather Safety document on the NCECHW portal of the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center.