Valentine’s Day is a time to show your loved ones how much you care, including the youngest ones. And what better way to show your love than by practicing and teaching these top safety skills for children, especially during the winter months.

Cozy Up

When your kiddos brace the cold, check to make sure they have the appropriate attire. If they are lacking a hat, scarf, gloves or coat, remind them they need these items to stay protected from the weather. Children should also limit exposure to extremely chilly temperatures and take frequent breaks indoors to warm up.

Play it Safe

Playing outside can be fun, especially when there’s fresh snow on the ground, but it’s important to teach kids to be mindful of their surroundings. Young children in particular should never play outdoors without adult supervision, and it may be wise for older children to play with a buddy as well. Also, remind kids to stay away from roadways and other potential hazards such as electrical equipment.

Stay Away, Stay Alive

One of the most critical safety practices you can instill in your children is to never approach a downed power line. All downed lines should be considered dangerous. Teach your kids that if they encounter what appears to be a fallen power line, they should tell an adult immediately so that they can call 911 and AEP Ohio.

Looking for a fun holiday activity for your kids? Print our AEP Ohio Valentine’s Day Coloring Sheet for the little ones to enjoy while you teach them the importance of safety.

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