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Staying Warm in the Cold Weather

Spring is just around the corner and before long, children will be spending more and more time outdoors. But just because the sun is out doesn’t mean it’s actually warm – spring in Pittsburgh can be brutal!

Here are a few tips that will keep children warm, dry and safe.

Dress in layers: Most experts agree that this is the best way to keep a child warm. The air trapped in between the layers is like an extra insulator. The layers can include a turtleneck, an extra shirt and a coat. These are essentials that should not be forgotten.

Mittens are better than gloves: Fingers stay warmer when they touch each other, so when warmth is the goal, mittens are the better option.

Don’t forget the hat: Half a child’s body heat can be lost through an uncovered head, so experts recommend a hat.

Other important reminders include:

Make sure your child is always supervised (either by you or a trusted adult) when playing outdoors.  Accidents can happen, so never leave your child alone outside.

Make sure your child has the proper equipment. If your child is playing outdoor basketball, soccer, baseball, or just goofing around on the playground, make sure the equipment is safe, not rusted, broken or faulty, and be sure the surface area is free of clutter.

Always watch out for “caution” and “do not enter” signs. While it can be easy for your child to lose track of where they are playing, always be aware of signs posted. Keep children off private property.

It is important for children to enjoy the outdoors, especially as winter turns into spring.  Follow these few simple guidelines and go out and play!

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