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Winter Safety Advice for the Whole Family (Bayer Sponsored Post)

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

 Every winter brings cold temperatures, and 2018 has been no exception, but with it comes some of my favourite family activities. We don’t let the cold or the snow slow us down, but we do have to be mindful of some of the risks that aren’t a factor in the warmer months and take extra care.

Here are some winter safety tips I recommend for the whole family this winter:

For Parents:

Keep your hands free

When it’s cold, we automatically put our hands in our pockets – but this is a major winter no-no. Icy walkways make falls more common in the winter and if our hands are free, we’re less likely to hit the ground. Make sure to keep a spare pair of gloves in all your bags or purses – and finish that coffee before you leave the house!

Stock your car

If you commute to work, don’t forget to keep a small emergency kit in the car. Inclement weather could keep you stuck on the road for longer than you’d like. Stock a blanket, a flashlight, and some extra batteries just in case.

For Mom and Dad:

Shovel safely

Remind mom and dad to stretch and take it nice and slow to avoid muscle pain or a back injury when shoveling this winter. It’s important to remember to take breaks, warm up your muscles before heading outside and use a smaller shovel to lighten the load.

Other Tips

Keeping Aspirin 81 at home is great because you never know when an emergency like a heart attack can happen. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately and chew two tablets of Aspirin 81. Make sure you and your family are well stocked and that you don’t have expired product in your cabinet.

For the kids:

Layer up

The best way to keep little ones warm in the winter without overheating is to dress in layers. When riding in a car, avoid putting your kids in bulky clothing which leaves extra space between them and the protective straps of their car seat. Keep a warm blanket or car-seat cover in the backseat instead.

Keeping baby warm at night is important but blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers and other loose bedding can pose a safety risk in an infant’s sleeping environment. It’s better to use sleep clothing or wearable blankets.

Don’t forget pet safety!

Cats and dogs are vulnerable to hypothermia. Make sure your pets are not exposed to the cold if you’re going out for a long walk.

Clean your dog’s paws when they come in from the snow to avoid exposing them to salt, chemicals and de-icing materials.

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

 

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