Protecting your kids in cold weather

Protecting your kids in cold weather

There’s no disputing that Greater Sudbury gets its fair share of winter. But, it’s also the centre of a lot of fun, outdoor activities that can keep you and your kids entertained and on the move all through the snowy season.

Outdoor skating rinks, sliding hills and hiking trails are a great way to stay fit and have fun. And, they’re free. Check out the Healthy Community Map for your community to find out what’s being offered in your neighbourhood.

Being outdoors in the winter means we need to protect ourselves and our children against the risks of frostbite and hypothermia.

When your kids are going outdoors in winter, make sure they’re dressed properly. The Ontario Snow Resorts Association has developed these Comfort Tips to help you to enjoy outdoor activities in the winter.

If you need some help outfitting your children for winter, Better Beginnings, Better Futures offers a community closet that has children’s winter wear for those in need. Check out our topic Getting help with the basic necessities for more places to find low cost winter clothing.

And, if you’re looking for some gently used skates, get in touch with the Sudbury and District Health Unit  at (705) 522-9200 and ask about the free Skate Exchange program.

Meanwhile, as you and your family prepare yourselves for winter fun, go over these safety tips with your kids to make sure they play safe and they know when to come inside when it gets too cold.

When temperatures drop below -15 C, the authorities will announce an Extreme Cold Weather Alert. Know these seven steps to cold weather safety. Listen to the radio for announcements about shelters and warming centres. And, if you have questions, concerns or need help, call (705) 675-6422.

 

 

This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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