It’s that time of year once again when the thermometer dips well below freezing and we bundle up in multiple layers to stay toasty warm. Of course, there is an alternative to that warm winter vacation or simply staying indoors throughout those cold months.
• Have your child dress in layers. Layers can be added or taken off as the temperature changes.
• Cover heads with a warm, close-fitting hat that protects the ear lobes.
• A tubular neck warmer should be used instead of a scarf, but if a scarf must be used, make sure
it is tucked into the jacket to avoid strangulation. Remove all cords and drawstrings from under
• Be aware of the wind chill factor. Wind greatly speeds up the process of body heat loss.
• Remove wet clothes and shoes as soon as possible to avoid additional chilling.
Warm Winter Vacations
Each year thousands of Saskatchewan residents will migrate to warmer climates either in Canada or the United States. Many will also take warm cruises or visit sunny sand beaches. Where ever your winter vacation might take you... be prepared.
• Leave contact numbers for family and friends back home.
• Plan ahead and know if there are any travel or health advisories for the area you want to visit.
Visit the Government of Canada website (www.travelhealth.gc.ca) for all the latest updates.
• Pack along essential identification, extra medication and a list of emergency contact numbers.
• Make sure you have someone check your home regularly for potential damage. Nothing worse
than returning to find someone has broken in or the water pipes broke!
Don’t forget the SUNSCREEN!
Infants in infant carriers should not be dressed in thick clothing or multiple layers. Instead, place warm blankets over the infant after he or she has been secured tightly in the seat. This makes it easier to regulate his or her temperature to avoid overheating (a risk factor of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and ensures there is no extra padding between the infant and harness. The extra padding would compress in a crash and cause the straps to become loose, possibly leading to injuries.