Winter is a great opportunity for families to have fun and do activities like ice skating, sledding, and throwing snowballs. However, it’s also characterized by significant temperature drops, icy roads, blowing winds, and snow. Despite the chilly weather, you can’t always keep the kids in the house. What you can do is take precautions and ensure they’re warm and safe. Here are some safety tips to guide you.
Ensure Your Home Is Winter Ready
Part of keeping your kids safe is ensuring your home is ready for winter. The last thing you want is freezing air to enter the house or water to leak through the roof. According to a safety guide, FEMA’s snow load safety, one foot of fresh snow weighs between 3 to 21 pounds per square foot, with three being for light snow and 21 being for wet, heavy snow. Ensure your roof is solid enough to withstand such weight. In addition, check all areas of your house, including the windows, ensuring you’re protected from the chilly weather,
Dress the Kids Warmly
Dress your kids in more layers than usual. Toddlers and babies need to be in an additional layer of clothing than you would wear in the same conditions. Also, the less you expose them to cold weather, the better. Unlike adults or teens, babies don’t tolerate cold weather well. Encourage the slightly older kids who dress themselves to wear winter accessories like scarves, hats, socks, gloves, and boots.
Prepare Your Teens for Winter Driving
Driving in winter is often a nightmare for most people. The icy and snowy road can challenge even the most seasoned drivers. It can be even harder for teen drivers who have only been on the road for several months or a few years. Advise your kids to pay attention to the road to avoid getting into accidents or trouble with the law.
In 2019, the Buhl Foundation did a study and discovered that every year, over 57,000 people aged between 18 to 24 in Pennsylvania have their driver’s licenses suspended. The most common reason for this is speeding. Let your kids know they need to drive below the speed limit during winter. This is for their safety to avoid the inconvenience of losing a firearm.
Ensure They Put on Safety Gear
As mentioned earlier, your kids will likely go skiing, sledding, or snowboarding. Before they head out, ensure they wear the right gear, like helmets, knee pads, gloves, and boots. These items will keep them warm and safe. If they hit something, the risk of injury is low, thanks to protective gear. You should also get them goggles to protect their eyes from the glare of the snow when light hits it.
Pick Suitable Winter Activities
It’s good to prepare for the winter activities you’ll be doing. Your kids will want to go out from time to time. Pick activities based on your kids’ ages and what you love doing as a family. For example, are you an outdoor family? Why not go hunting? Note that for such an activity, you should teach the kids how to handle, use, maintain, and store firearms to keep them safe.
Maintaining a gun ensures it shoots well while also increasing its value. According to A Girl and A Gun, refinishing a firearm can increase its value by up to ten times. Aside from that, it ensures your gun looks great. That said, whichever activities you plan for winter, ensure your kids are adequately equipped to handle them.
Be Cautious Around Fires
Fireplaces, fire pits, and wood-burning stoves create a warm and cozy environment but can present danger to small kids. It’s best to use protective gates around them to avoid accidents. If you have to use alternative heating methods like electric or kerosene heaters, ensure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are functional.
Winter doesn’t have to be boring. You can plan activities for your kids and ensure everyone has fun and remains safe. Use the tips mentioned above to enjoy the chilly season while keeping everyone healthy.