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Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety

Dear Parishville-Hopkinton Parents and Guardians: 

As we experience these extremely cold temperatures, it is a good time to review cold weather safety with your children. Extra care is needed when the temperature drops (especially with the impact of wind chill factor) particularly in younger children to be sure that frostbite does not occur. Below are some cold weather safety guidelines developed by Dr. Cynthia Devore, NYSSHSC Medical Director Consultant:

Make sure all children including teenagers have appropriate outerwear every day:

  • Warm jackets, hats, scarves, boots, and an extra pair of gloves in their pockets will protect them during extremely cold temperatures.
  • Develop an emergency plan and review it with your children in case you are not home either before or after school. If a bus is delayed, they need to know where, when, and how to get help.
  • Tell your child that if you are not home while they are waiting outside for the bus, how long they may wait outside, where to go in the event the bus is delayed, and explain the dangers and risks of extended exposure to extreme weather.

Advise your child to seek help if they have:

  • Wet clothing boots or gloves, snow or ice next to bare skin which cannot be removed. 
  • Pain or numbness or burning anywhere on their skin (especially hands, feet, ears, or nose). 
  • To wait longer than five minutes if temperatures have dipped into the teens, especially on a windy day. 

Teach your child about: 

  • When to ask for help. 
  • Where to find safe shelter in an emergency 
  • Who is the designated adult to go to in your neighborhood 
  • How to protect themselves with proper winter clothing. 
  • The danger signs of frostbite.

Enjoy the outdoors safely,

With "warm" regards,
Dr. William Collins
Superintendent of Schools

12 County Route 47
Parishville, NY 13672
Phone: 315-265-4642
Fax: 315-268-1309

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