Winter Safety

Happy winter!

This page provides winter safety resources that we hope will be of value to you and your school family from our Safe Kids New Hampshire program.

These include:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics "Ski and Snowboard Safety Tips" (PDF)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics "Sledding Safety" (PDF)
  • Information on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning (PDF)
  • NH Fish and Game's "Safety on Ice" brochure (PDF)
  • Pedestrian safety is year-round (PDF)
  • Top Tips from Safe Kids Worldwide on winter safety (PDF)

Ice safety and falling

Checking ice for safety on ponds and lakes is critical to prevent winter drownings. Visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game website for more information on what to do before venturing out.

Falls are the leading cause of admissions at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for most ages, including pediatrics. Impact-absorbing materials on playgrounds become much less effective in the winter, and a fall from a structure in winter can be much more damaging. Do you have a winter policy for your playground?

Sidewalk plowing

Please consider working with your community public works department to make sidewalk plowing and treatment on routes to school normally used by children a priority. Children walking in the road to get around snowbanks on sidewalks are a concern. Encourage high visibility clothing to help them be seen at all times.