Play Safe During Winter: How Cold is Too Cold?
What kiddo (or adult!) doesn’t want to buildÂ a snowman and partake in the winter fun?Â Unfortunately, keeping little ones healthy, warmÂ and entertained simultaneously is easier said thanÂ done. Keep this guide handy, get the whole familyÂ outdoors, and stay safe.
Safe Outdoor Temperatures
The temperatures may not be brutal, but add a gust of wind andÂ you’re ready to be indoors almost immediately. How long can kidsÂ play outdoors while still being safe?
Green Zone | 30Â°F +
A comfortable temperature is 30 degrees and above. However, thisÂ doesn’t mean to ditch the winter coat, hats, and mittens. Be sureÂ your little ones stay hydrated to regulate body temperature andÂ keep your eyes open for signs they’re getting too cold. If they’reÂ shivering, bring them inside (even if they say they’re not cold!), feelÂ their hands and feet to ensure they’re not getting icy, and watchÂ for unexplained fussiness.Â every 40 minutes.
Yellow Zone | About 20Â°F – 30Â°F
Use the same precautions as above, but keep in mind that signs ofÂ chill may show sooner. Instead of taking a break every 40 minutes,Â bring your kiddos in more often, such as every 20-30 minutes.Â Older kids often remove their coats if they’re too warm, so makeÂ sure they’re wearing more than a thin undershirt.
Red Zone | Below 20Â°F
Time to bust out the boardgames or have a movie day! Â Stay indoors when it is this cold outside!
30Â° = Chilly and generally uncomfortable
15Â° to 30Â° = Cold
0Â° to 15Â° = Very cold
-20Â° to 0Â° = Bitter cold, with a significant risk of frostbite
-60Â° to -20Â° = Frostbite is likely to occur
-60Â° = Frigid; exposed skin will freeze in one minute