BURRILLVILLE – March can be an iffy month when it comes to weather conditions, and the variety of changes as we transition from winter into spring. Weather forecasts on the news indicate that we could be dealing with a snow accumulating weather pattern over the next couple of days here in Rhode Island and the region.
This week’s Sunday feature addresses concerns related to kids and outdoor activities, like shoveling snow and playing outside. It is very important that children stay dry and warm when participating in any outdoor winter weather conditions. Kids should go inside often to dry off if they get wet from playing in the snow, and keep warm for awhile before heading back outside again. Dry off, warm up and eat a healthy snack with a hot cup of cider or hot chocolate can help keep them safer and alert once returning to shovel snow or play outside.
Help prevent dehydration and exhaustion when children are participating in strenuous or fun activities outdoors. Kids should limit outdoor activities and take time to rest during the day. Bundling up in layers also helps kids stay dry and warm outside on cold and snowy days.
Spring is almost here, but it’s not here yet, so play it safe kids. When you do come inside to dry off and get warm, these great coloring cartoons can help you pass the time away while learning about safety in your home. Parents are encouraged to join in the coloring fun and talk about safety with your kids. You are never too old to grab a marker and crayon and color. It’s fun for the entire family.
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.