Safety in snow and cold temperatures

What’s a better way to spend time out of school than sledding and snowball fights. Kids across the Local 6 region got to take advantage of the foot of snow.

But planning for the next couple of days, we’ll have extremely cold temperatures in the single digits. If you and your family are not prepared this can be particularly dangerous. Medical professionals say it’s important to try and get in from out of the cold and make sure you’re layered up. It’s best to stay as dry as possible and cover as much skin as possible – hats, gloves, scarves. Even the smallest bit of exposed skin can put you at greater risk for hypothermia.

So if the kids are going to expend some of their energy in this winter weather, they can do it safely. And the kids with Posh Academy make sure they’re completely bundled from head to toe.

Teacher Jeannie Suhrheinrich knows it’s important the kids get some fresh air, but they’re diligent in taking breaks and telling parents to send their children with extra clothes. But Suhrheinrich says they won’t go out in the extreme cold, “If it’s a really cold day we won’t stay out for more than 10-15 minutes, but it’s really important to get fresh air.”

Another thing a lot of people forget, hydration. Although we’re surrounded by all this water, it’s important you continue caring for your body inside and out because hypothermia can set in much quicker than you think. Especially when you’re expending energy in the cold.

It’s also important to keep your clothes dry in the cold. A little moisture on your clothes can be dangerous in the extreme temperatures.

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