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Suggestions for Parents-Guardians

​​​Suggested Parental Guidelines for Summer & Winter Outdoor Play  

Summer and Winter can be wonderful times to play outdoors.  Please dress for the weather.  Participating in summer and winter sports will help keep the whole family healthy, but injuries can spoil the fun.  Here’s how to keep kids safe during summer and winter play. 

Summer outdoor play:

All summer activities require loose fitting clothing that is light in weight; light colour clothing is better than dark including: 

  • a hat (wide brim hat that provides shade and is breathable), 
  • sunglasses  

Summer Safety Tips: 

  • Drink plenty of water / keep hydrated  
  • Avoid drinking caffeinated products  
  • Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher  
  • Children should limit their time playing outside when the Humidex is 35°C (95°F) and when the temperature Is above 45°C (113°F) they should not be playing outdoors.
 Winter outdoor play: 
All winter activities require warm, dry clothing.  To prevent frostbite, children should be dressed in warm clothes, including:
  • a hat (warm, close-fitting, and covering ear lobes), 
  • mittens (gloves do not keep hands warm as effectively as mittens), 
  • loose layers (an absorbent synthetic fabric next to skin, a warmer middle layer, and a water resistant/repellent outer layer), 
  • socks - A single pair of socks, either wool or a wool blend (with silk or polypropylene) is better than cotton which offers no insulation when wet.  Avoid extra thick socks as they can cause cold feet be restricting blood flow and air circulation around the toes. 
  • boots – Be sure boots are dry and not too tight.
 Winter Safety Tips:
  • ​Children should get out of wet clothes and shoes/boots as quickly as possible as they are the biggest factors in frostbite; 
  • Jackets should be zipped up.  To avoid strangulation during play, use tube-shaped neck warmers instead of scarves.  If scarves must be used, tuck them into jackets.  Remove drawstrings on hoods and jackets because they are also a safety hazard; better yet, buy clothes without drawstrings;