Sledding and tubing can be a great way to enjoy winter weather. The joy of speeding down the hill can make it easy to forget that these activities can also lead to injuries. Taking a few safety measures can help keep you and your kids safe on the hills this winter.
Sledding Injury Facts
It’s important to remember, no helmet can protect against all types of impacts and injuries. Wearing a helmet is not a license for your child to ski faster. Talk about safety rules for the slopes with your child.
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Carbon monoxide poisoning is an illness that occurs from breathing in carbon monoxide (CO) gas. It’s a medical emergency and needs treatment right away. CO is a colorless, odorless gas made when fuel burns. Fuels include wood, gasoline, coal, natural gas, and kerosene. Breathing in carbon monoxide fumes prevents the body from using oxygen normally. This can harm the brain, heart, and other organs. Symptoms of CO poisoning include persistent, severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue.
Most carbon monoxide exposure happens in the winter. This is because the most common source of CO poisoning is an unvented, kerosene or gas fueled space heater in the home. It vents the gases into the room, instead of outdoors. A space heater that is not installed right or not working correctly can release carbon monoxide and other toxic fumes into the room. It can use up much of the oxygen in the room.
Carbon monoxide can also leak from home or camping appliances that use oil, wood, gas, or coal and are not working properly, such as:
To prevent CO poisoning:
Here’s a list of resources to prepare for the weather:
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Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to spend time outdoors during the winter months. As with all sports, injuries are a risk when you ski or snowboard. Taking a few safety measures can help you have fun and be safe.
Skiing & Snowboarding Injury Facts
Skiing & Snowboarding Safety Tips
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