While Florida is known more for hot weather than for freezes, cold weather does make its way to the region. Follow these cold weather tips to protect your little ones in chilly weather:
- Car accidents are a leading cause of death for children. Like any time of the year, it is important to have your child in an appropriate car seat and ensure that it is installed properly. Safe Kids Northeast Florida provides free car seat checks. In cold weather, winter coats can create another danger. Don’t latch your child into their seat over a bulky coat or jacket, which can leave your baby too loose and prone to injury in an accident. Learn how to tell if a coat is too bulky and how to best keep your child buckled in safely and warm.
- Don’t add extra blankets, pillows or other materials to your infant’s crib. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends one-piece pajamas and wearable blankets to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related deaths.
- Fires are more likely to occur in winter. Safe Kids Northeast Florida provides a great list of fire safety tips for families. The list covers everything from changing the batteries in your smoke detector to teaching kids how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm.