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Holiday and Seasonal

Fireworks on the 4th of July, candy at Halloween, playing in the snow all winter long – what could be more fun than holiday celebrations and special occasions! But no time of the year is a good time to forget about good safety habits.
Check out the tips in this section to learn how to have fun and be safe any time of the year!

Cold and Frostbite

Snowballs, snowmen, sledding – there are so many great ways to have fun during winter! But you need to make sure that you don’t get frostbite. Frostbite happens when your skin isn’t covered and you’re out in cold weather too long. To make sure you don’t get frostbite, follow these simple tips:

  • Dress warmly. Clothes help keep warm air close to your body. Long underwear is a good start. Then put on a shirt, a sweatshirt, heavy pants and a warm coat that keeps you from getting cold and wet.
  • Wear gloves or mittens and a hat and winter boots to keep your feet warm and dry.
  • Go inside if you get wet or cold.
  • When inside, take off your wet clothes and put on something dry and warm.
  • If you can’t feel any part of your body or skin, or if something tingles, do not rub it. Go inside and tell an adult right away.

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Fireworks

Every year, hundreds of kids get hurt by fireworks and sparklers. We suggest that you don’t play with them at all. And we’re not the only ones.
In some places, playing with fireworks is against the law. And even though playing with sparklers isn’t illegal, they can still hurt you. They get so hot when they burn that they can catch clothes on fire.
Since fireworks are pretty cool to watch, you can still enjoy them by going to a park or some other public place to watch displays put on by experts. This way you can have fun and be safe!

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Halloween

Halloween is a lot of fun. But to keep having fun, it’s important to be safe. When you’re out trick-or-treating, make sure you follow these rules:

  • Always trick-or-treat with an adult. Never trick-or-treat alone.
  • Carry a flashlight and a bright-colored trick-or-treat bag.
  • Be very careful when crossing streets. (See Street Safety.)
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in yards.
  • Don’t run.
  • Trick-or-treat in neighborhoods you know, at homes of people you know.
  • Do not eat any treats until you get home and have them checked by an adult.
  • Never eat any candy that has loose or open wrappers.
  • Wash all fruit and cut it into pieces to check it before eating.
  • Never trust anyone you don’t know or recognize.     

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Sledding

Sledding is a great way to have fun in the winter, but play it safe. Always remember these important safety tips.

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Wear warm clothing – including heavy gloves and boots.
  • Know how to stop your sled or make a sharp turn by dragging your feet.
  • If your sled won’t stop or if you are out of control, roll off your sled and onto the ground. Don’t worry about your sled after you roll off. You can get it back after it stops sliding.
  • Make sure your sled is in good condition and isn’t broken. And always tell an adult if you have a crash.
  • Only use the sled your parents or guardians gave you. Never use an inner tube, saucer or disk. You can get hurt because you can’t steer them.
  • Only sled when an adult is present.
  • Never sled in unsafe areas like the street, driveways, rocky hills or near a cliff.
  • Never sled into a snow bank – the snow may hide a tree stump or rocks.
  • Never sled when it is icy. Ice makes the sled go too fast. Plus, you can’t steer or stop a sled when you’re on ice.
  • Never sled in the dark.
  • Never ride a sled that is being pulled by a car, truck or ATV.

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Winter Holidays

Happy Holidays! When you’re having holiday fun, help your family to be safe. Remember to:

  • Turn all holiday lights off when leaving the house.
  • Never light candles or play with matches or lighters.
  • If you have a Christmas tree, remind an adult to give the tree water.
  • If you have little brothers, sisters, cousins or friends, make sure that decorations don’t have small pieces that could be swallowed.

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For more information:

503 418-5666
safety@ohsu.edu

Location:

Doernbecher Children's Hospital Lobby
700 SW Campus Drive Portland, OR 97239

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