Did you make a resolution to exercise more??? Get outside and enjoy the cold weather sports. But make sure you stay safe while doing it!!!
Layer up!! wear lots of layers and dress youn children in more layers than adults. Always remember hats, gloves/mittens and warm winter boots.
Don't forget sunscreen. Even in winter, the sun can damage skin and eyes. Use sunscreen on all exposed skin and sun protective lip balm as well as goggles or sunglasses especially when the sun is reflecting off of snow or ice.
Sleds should be sturdy and have handholds. Pool inflatables are not meant for sledding. Choose a hill that is not too steep and has no obstructions. Do not allow sledding on a hill that points toward the street. Make sure kids sled sitting up or feet first. Use a sledding helmet for extra protection.
Make sure ice is thick enough and frozen enough for skating...even if it looks safe, check with local authorities. No eating or drinking while skating. Always wear a helmet and protective padding/gear for skating sports. Skates should fit snugly, but not too tight.
When skiing or snowboarding, use proper equipment including properly fitted skis, boards, helmets and goggles to protect from sun and blowing snow. Beginners should take lessons before going out and should wear extra bottom padding.
Donna Kaplan, R.N, B.S.N. M.Ed has been the nurse at the South School for the past 19 years.