Outdoor Safety: Winter days can feel much colder than actual temperatures. When deciding how long to play outside safely the wind-chill factor is the most important.
Green Comfort Zone: 30° F and higher
If shivering bring indoors to warm up even if they insist that they are fine. It's a good idea to come inside every 40 minutes or so, just to warm up.
Yellow Caution Zone: 20° F - 30° F
Be cautious. Expect to see signs of chill sooner. Take short indoor breaks every 20-30 minutes. It's especially crucial to layer clothing, since they may ditch their coats if they get sweaty and need more than just a shirt on underneath.
Red Danger Zone: Below 20° F
Wind Chill Factor:
30° F = Chilly
15° F to 30° F = Cold
0° F to 15° F = Very cold
-20° F to 0° F = Bitter cold, significant risk of frostbite
-60° F to -20° F = Extreem cold, frostbite is likely to occur
Below -60° F = Frigid, exposed skin will freeze in one minute
Winter Health Tips
Good hand washing technique is easy to learn, and it can help keep you and your family healthy:
1) Wet your hands with warm water.
2) Add soap, and then rub your hands together making a soapy lather. Wash front and back of hands, between fingers, under nails, and even go up towards the wrist area for at least 20 seconds. You can sing the "happy birthday" song to help you keep time.
3) Rinse your hands well under warm running water.
4) Dry with a paper towel. Then use another paper towel to turn off the water and dispose of the towel in the proper receptcle.