Survival Squad - Take Care During the Winter Months - Part 1

Mike Dennis
Posted by Mike Dennis

Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2016. -  
Survival Squad, Blog

The cold weather has officially arrived, and with it comes a whole host of things to be potentially dangerous.

This week, Pulse and Kitt teach us how to stay safe during the winter months. Read on for their tips on how to stay safe whilst still having fun.

Fallen Leaves

Fallen leaves sure do make everything look pretty and they can be fun to step on when they're crunchy.. but wait! They can also have hazards hiding underneath! Plus when it rains the leaves get soggy and start to decay, making them slippy to walk on. So think twice before jumping in that pile of leaves and, if possible, try to avoid walking on them when they're wet.

Keeping Warm

During the winter months, it's important to make sure you are wrapped up warm in several thin layers, rather than a few bulky layers. Hats, scarves, and gloves or mittens are a must! Plus they look cute, right? As a rule of thumb; children should be dressed in one more layer than an adult would normally wear in winter.

Sun Protection

It might feel odd to be applying sunscreen in winter, but if the sun is shining then you can still get sunburn! Particularly if there is snow on the ground, as this will reflect the sun.

Hypothermia

Cold weather can also increase the risk of Hypothermia, and happens when a persons body temperature falls below normal due to exposure to colder temperatures. This is more common in children and often happens when a youngster is playing outside without proper clothing, or the clothing gets wet.

Symptoms of Hypothermia include:

  • Shivering
  • Lethargy or clumsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • A decline in body temperature in extreme cases

If you suspect Hypothermia, you should call an ambulance immediately. In the meantime; remove any wet clothing and wrap the child in warm blankets & clothing.

Check out Part 2 of keeping safe during winter here, or catch up with all the past adventures from our Survival Squad here.

Illustrations created by Mike Hazard.