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Children: Potentially at risk in winter

Children are some of the most at-risk individuals during the winter. They love being outside, but with outdoor activities come danger. While parents put their children's needs first, that's not always the case when your children are with others. For instance, a child who goes to school should be monitored. If he or she is on the playground, it's important for someone to be watching to make sure he or she doesn't get hurt. In the winter, this is even more important, since temperatures could drop dramatically and result in hypothermia or frostbite.

Another risk to children in the winter is the use of snowplows. Remind your children to stay away from the streets on days when they're home from school. If they run into the street or are playing in snow piles, it's possible they could be hit by a snowplow.

It's always a good idea to keep your children in warm areas or to keep them near warm areas when they're playing. If they're meant to be inside for a play date and you find out your child is sick or suffering from hypothermia because the other person didn't let him or her inside, that could be constituted as negligence. The same is true if a school has no heat and decides to continue with classes despite the risk to the children inside.

Remember that if someone who is supposed to keep your child safe doesn't, you could have a case against that individual for negligence. Your attorney can help you decide if you should pursue your case.

Source: US National Library of Medicine, "Winter safety tips for parents and children," accessed Dec. 27, 2017

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