Winter Wonderland of Safety Tips
Here are some tips on how you can help kids have fun with Frosty while also keeping them safe.
When you decide it is just too darn cold to send the kids
outside to play, remember that you need to keep them safe inside.
According to the National Fire Protection Association web site,
heating equipment, such as space heaters and wood stoves, is the No. 1 cause of
home fires during the months of December, January, and February.
"One of the chief concerns we have during winter is heating
equipment fires, primarily with space heaters," says Margie Coloian,
spokeswoman for the National Fire Prevention Agency. "To prevent fires, we
recommend you shut them off when you leave the room and when you sleep, and
position them three feet away from anything that can burn. You also don't want
children or your pets to tip space heaters over or be burned by older models
that can get really hot, so make sure they stay away from them."
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer. "We
recommend homes have carbon monoxide detectors," says Coloian. "When
you burn fuel, including gas or oil, the carbon monoxide that is let off can
build up, and if it's confined, it could be dangerous."
Keeping Rover Warm
Winter is no time to ignore your furry friends; pets need extra
protection during the cold months, too. Here are some tips from the American
Pet Products Manufacturers Association that will help keep your pets warm and
- Layers work for pets, too! Even though your pet comes equipped with
a layer of fur, sometimes it just isn't enough. Give your pet an extra layer
with a warm sweater for those cold winter walks, especially if your pet has
- Keep on eye on their paws. Your four-legged friend can get
frostbite, so watch his paws, nose, and ears. And the chemicals used to melt
snow on driveways and walkways can cause burns, so check your pet's paws, mouth
and belly after each venture outside.
- Protect your outdoor pet. If you have an outdoor pet, it should have
a house that is dry and elevated, with clean, dry bedding facing away from the
wind. It should also have a flap over the opening to prevent drafts. When the
temperature drop below 30 degrees with wind chill, bring your outside pet --
- Keep the antifreeze away. Antifreeze, which has a sweet taste making
it appealing to pets, is deadly even in small amounts. Make sure you clean up
spills immediately before your pet decides to dig in.