Enjoy winter outdoor activities safely

Use short scarves, not long ones, and tuck them into jackets.

fun in the sun

Although it may seem strange in the winter, don’t forget to wear sunscreen (with a minimum SPF of 15) when skiing, sledding, skating or snowboarding.

Sunlight is reflecting off all that bright white snow and ice and back onto your face – so cover up in sunscreen and put a lip balm that has it on your lips (even when it’s cloudy outside). outside).

The need for speed

Going down a hill at what feels like a million miles per hour can be a great time, as long as you’re sledding safely.

When you grab your sled, make sure it’s sturdy and you can really steer it. The handles should be easy to grip and the seat of the sled should be padded.

Never use homemade sleds like trash can lids, plastic bags, or pool floats – they’re dangerous and you could lose control while sledding. Also, never use a sled that has sharp, jagged edges or broken parts (this can happen if you’re using an old sled).

It’s especially important to wear gloves or mittens and boots when you’re on the sled, as in addition to keeping you warm, they can help prevent injury to your hands and feet. Wearing a bike helmet is also a good habit to get into – doctors say it’s a great way to protect your head when sledding.

Downhill Daredevil

Before hitting the slopes to ski or snowboard, make sure you have the right equipment and that it fits you perfectly.

Many children have problems because the equipment they use is too big for them. It may have belonged to an older brother or sister and they hope they can “grow into it”. Equipment that is too big will prevent you from maintaining control.

The same goes for boots and bindings – make sure they’re the right size for your feet before you hit the slopes. Ski boots designed just for kids are a good bet because they are more flexible than adult boots and they also have easier to manage buckles, allowing you to ski faster.

Helmets are essential for skiing and snowboarding. The glasses will protect your eyes from bright sunlight and objects that could get in your way and poke your eyes (like tree branches).

As with inline skating, skateboarders need knee and elbow pads. Some who have just learned even wear specially padded pants to cushion their falls.

This should give you a good start in approaching your winter outdoor activities with safety in mind. For more information, contact the 88th Air Base Wing Occupational Safety Office at 937-904-0888.

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