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CSP Spotlight: Cold Weather Safety

19 Feb 2018 DCL Staff

Children are more vulnerable than adults to the effects of cold weather.  Here are a few tips to keep children safe, healthy, and warm this winter.

·         Children are at greater risk for frostbite than adults. The best way to prevent frostbite is to make sure children dress warmly and don't spend too much time outside in extreme weather.

·         Dress children in layers of warm clothing. If the top layer gets wet, they will still have a dry layer underneath.

·         Tuck scarves inside coats and jackets to prevent them from becoming strangulation hazards.

·         Car seats and winter coats don't mix. Bulky coats can compress in a crash and create a loose car seat harness. Instead, lay the jacket or a blanket over children once you've safely strapped them into their car seat.

·         Keep babies' cribs free of stuffed animals and extra blankets. A firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet is all that an infant needs to sleep safely.

·         Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, including furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves, and portable space heaters.

·         If you need to warm up your vehicle, remove it from the garage as soon as you start it to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. Don't leave a vehicle running inside a garage.

Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care Partnership, and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.

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