BURRILLVILLE – With the temperature changes we are experiencing lately, it only reminds us that we are still dealing with the winter season and the weather can change from one day to the other without missing a beat.
We have just experienced the coldest winter weather temperatures and windchills in nearly 100 years in this region, according to weather reports on the news. It will moderate over the next few days, but there are still safety concerns for little kids enjoying outdoor activities. The snow will not stay away until spring arrives, I can assure you of that.
Kids playing, or participating with outdoor activities during the winter months, should limit their duration of time spent in the weather environment. They should go inside often to warm up, and if there is snow or moisture outside they should dry off by removing wet or damp clothing. A cup of hot chocolate and a warm snack can help boost their body temperature and help them feel better. Make sure kids are wearing layers of clothing, winter hats and gloves or mittens while playing outdoors during this time of year. It’s now the month of February and that means spring is arriving down the road, but it’s not here yet. So, take winter season weather precautions with the little kids.
Stay warm and stay safe kids.
Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades.