Question of the Week


"Children spend a great deal of time outdoors. They are outside while travelling to school, during school recess breaks, while waiting for their ride home and while playing. These activities do not stop when the cold
winter weather arrives. NOTE: Much of the information in this article can also be applied to adults who spend time outdoors in winter....
Tips to Prevent Frostbite and Hypothermia:...
Other Winter Safety Tips for Parents and Kids:...
Ice Safety...
Rescue Procedures..." 

Even if you don't live in a part of the country where frostbite and hypothermia are generally health concerns, you still may have classmates headed for the snow. Maybe you and your friends are planning a trip to go
snowboarding or skiing? Maybe you aren't. Maybe you live in a part of the country where 40* F is really cold. Then, how does this apply to you?

When I was seventeen I packed up my life and went to college. I did not bring a coat. I did not own a coat. I had also never before seen what freezing rain could do (actually, I probably couldn't have told you what freezing rain was). By Thanksgiving, I needed a coat. No matter where you live now, you may go on vacation, or you may move. Going into these situations with a little background knowledge wouldn't hurt.

"Before the ski areas even opened this season, a group of five snowboarders, eager to get first tracks, hiked to the legendary Baldy chutes at Alta, Utah. Four members had already ridden down and werewaiting for the last member of their group to join them. This would never happen. As he began his fateful descent, he triggered the avalanche that
would partially bury his companions and take his life. And now into February, it seems like not a day passes without news of an avalanche disaster...."

"REVELSTOKE, B.C. -- Authorities said Sunday it was time to take another look at the safety of back-country skiing in an area where a day earlier seven Calgary-area teens were swept to their deaths in a massive avalanche.... It was the second fatal avalanche in the area in the last two weeks. A total of 14 people died in both incidents.... The idea of closing parks to back-country skiers and other users doesn't appeal to David McClung, an avalanche researcher at the University of British Columbia. 'There will always be other places to go when the risk is high.
Having the government close a park doesn't make sense,' said McClung. 'It always boils down to experience and education. Neither are effective by themselves, but are effective when combined.' But there's never
100-per-cent insurance against avalanches, he adds."

Whether you are spending the winter snowboarding the back trails, playing hockey on the frozen lake across town, or just waiting for the bus to take you to school, you should have some knowledge of what the cold can do.
What does Wind Chill really mean?

How can you "Protect yourself, family, pets and property against winter weather:"?

What do you need to know for where you live? What do you need to know for where you might someday visit or live?

Questions of the Week:
Even if you don't plan to see the snow this winter, help plan a trip for someone who does. What background information should people have if they plan to visit the snow? What more should they know if they plan to ski or
snowboard? What if they come across a frozen body of water? How cold is too cold? What about people who live in the ice and snow? If you are not one who does, try to figure out how you would have to dress or plan differently to go about your daily activities if you did.

Please email me with any ideas or suggestions.
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I look forward to reading what you have to say.

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