Winter is Coming: A Cold-Weather Safety Checklist

Winter is Coming: A Cold-Weather Safety Checklist

Here are some important winter safety tips to help keep you and your family safe

Our Top Tips for Winter Safety

At Home

  • Check to make sure your home has a carbon monoxide detector on every level, especially near sleeping areas. Keep them at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.
  • Keep your baby’s crib free of stuffed animals and extra blankets. A firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet is all you need for your baby to sleep well. If you’re worried about keeping your baby warm on those cold winter nights, try using a sleepsack (wearable blanket).
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of your house in case of a fire. Make it a fun activity for the whole family.

In the Car

  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Don’t leave a car, SUV or motorcycle engine running inside a garage.
  • Take a few seconds to do a quick walk-around before you start the car, especially if you park outside. Check to make sure your tailpipe is not blocked with snow, which can also cause problems with CO.
  • Car seats and winter coats don’t mix. Bulky coats can compress in a crash and create a loose car seat harness. Instead, lay the jacket or a blanket over your children once they’re safely strapped in.

Check out “Winter Driving with the Little Ones” for more tips.

Outdoors and At Play

  • Wear warm clothing, and have your kids come indoors periodically to prevent hypothermia or frostbite.
  • Make sure your kids use the proper gear, like helmets, when they are skiing, snowboarding or playing ice hockey.
  • Even though it’s cold outside, it’s important to use sunscreen and stay hydrated. Compared to adults, children are at increased risk of dehydration.
  • Read our blog about staying safe during winter fun.