Always wear appropriate and proper-fitting protective gear, including a helmet when skiing, sledding, snowboarding or playing hockey.
Wear layers of close-fitting clothing; keep scarves tucked in.
Be aware of the potential for frostbite, which can be associated with hypothermia and require emergency medical care. Children can be at a greater risk because they lose heat from their skin more rapidly.
The areas most prone to frostbite are the nose, ears, hands, feet, face and head. Appropriate clothing can help reduce the risk of frostbite.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 16,000 people are treated in emergency rooms annually for injuries sustained while removing snow manually; more than 6,000 while using a snowblower.
To clear snow safely:
Further facts are at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
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